Skidoo
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Skidoo asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 1 decade ago

What plants will attract beneficial insects to my allotment garden?

I'm planting Marigolds and Nasturtiums and have heard that the Poaced Egg plant is good for attracting hoverflies. Anything else I should be thinking of?

Update:

oops - that should have been Poached Egg plant. I'm growing vegetables - tomatoes, corn, courgettes, herbs, onions, the usual stuff - in an allotment in North London.

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  • ANGEL
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    To attract beneficial insects to your garden you'll need:

    Shady, protected areas for laying eggs

    Low growing plants as cover for ground beetles (thyme, rosemary, or mint)

    Tiny flowers for tiny wasps, like plants from the Umbelliferae family: fennel, angelica, coriander, dill, clovers, yarrow, and rue.

    Composite flowers (daisy and chamomile) and mints (spearmint, peppermint, or catnip) to attract predatory wasps, hover flies, and robber flies.

    Companion plants are great but you have to be careful. Garlic deters Japanese beetles, but if planted too close to anything in the pea and bean family it will inhibit their growth.

    http://gardening.about.com/od/naturalorganiccontro...

    Borage helps almost everything, especially strawberry, cucubits (cucumber, gourds), tomatoes. Lovage is thought to improve the health of almost all plants, & like borage and geraniums, is considered a "magic bullet" of companion planting. Marigolds helps most plants, especially tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers, gourds, squash,broccoli, kale, cabbage. Tansy is good for cucumbers, squash, raspberries & relatives, roses, corn. Repels flying insects, Japanese beetles, striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs and ants.

    http://www.seedsofchange.com/enewsletter/issue_55/...

    Here's some companion plants that can benefit your garden:

    http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

    Herb Companions in the Garden & kitchen:

    http://www.almanac.com/garden/herbs/companions.php

    Herb Companion Chart:

    http://www.herbalgardens.com/companion.html

    Using Herbs As Companion Plants to Deter Pests:

    http://gardening.about.com/od/naturalorganiccontro...

    Here's another companion planting guide:

    http://www.mi.ca/compendium/

    Good luck!! Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    look up insect repelling plants because nasturtiums and marigolds will be under that category. oregano, rosemary, lavender and sage are a few other common ones but you will find heaps more searching under "insect repelling plants "

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anything that flowers. My dad used to plant dahlias on his allotment, one, to attract the bees etc. two, to provide cut flowers for the house without denuding the house garden of flowers.

  • stoll
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    attempt to no longer use pesticides as they do no longer discriminate between sturdy bugs and undesirable ,the sole factor i take advantage of to administration bugs is white oil then in basic terms occasional whilst the aphids on my roses get too plenty for the birds and ladybirds to administration

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  • 1 decade ago

    not knowing your planting region, I strongly suggest a visit to your local nursery to find out which ones will strive in your area.

    Source(s): live in planting region number 9 - Central Fla
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