Pesticides you can Eat

Modern chemicals have their place, but rather than spending time (and money) applying pesticides or herbicides to your garden, consider planting flowers and herbs that fend off intruders naturally – and deliciously!
Screenshot 2016-05-26 15.57.54Garlic (Allium sativum) is the king of natural pest repellent. It repels nearly all insects, particularly root maggots, cabbage loopers, Mexican bean beetles, peach tree borers. Rabbits and moles will also steer clear! It will keep red spider mites from your tomatoes, but it don’t plant near potatoes or peas since it will lend its flavor. Culinarily, it needs no introduction, as its pungent flavor is essential to many dishes around the world.
Screenshot 2016-05-26 15.59.14Oregano (Origanum vulgare) grows quickly and aggressively – some plant it in pots within their garden to control its growth. It’s bane to cabbage worms, aphids and cucumber beetles. It’s tough to imagine pizza without the taste of oregano and it lends itself well to mutton, lamb, grilled vegetables and fish. There’s been recent reports of commercial oregano being adulterated with other herbs, so growing your own is a good way to ensure your leaves are pure.
Screenshot 2016-05-26 16.01.18Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) may be best known as cilantro. It directly repels Colorado potato beetles and spider mites and attracts beneficial hoverflies. Hoverflies are harmless to plants, but can eat up to 150 aphids a day. All parts of the coriander plant are edible. Coriander leaves are a staple in salsas and guacamole and coriander seeds are vital for curries. If you’re brewing beer, add finely-crushed coriander seeds with citrus peel or pumpkin during the last few minutes of the boil.
Screenshot 2016-05-26 16.02.26Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a staple in our home and in the garden – it’s easy to grow indoors and out. Mosquitoes, flies, asparagus beetles avoid it – though it tends to attract whiteflies. Pesto and caprese salad simply aren’t possible without fresh sweet basil, nor are homemade southeast asian dishes at their most delicious without Thai or holy basil.
Screenshot 2016-05-26 16.03.04Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is an annual flowering vine that grows well in warmer environments. It repels whiteflies, squash bugs, pumpkin beetles, the cabbage looper and aphids. Every part of the nasturtium is edible, but the flower is most commonly eaten in stir-fries and salad – it’s got a peppery watercress flavor. Its seeds can be substituted for capers. Nasturtium contains more lutein – a pigment that may head off macular degeneration – to than any other edible plant.

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