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10 Great Friends: Veggie Garden Companion Plants

Don't leave your tomatoes hanging around defenseless. Plant a few of these great companions right beside them to repel detrimental insects. Our top ten favorites are included below. For more information - check the veggie, herb and flower compatibility of 44 common plants: www.gardenstamp.com/guides.html
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Difficulty: Easy

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  • Joy Hendricksen
    Joy Hendricksen Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    on May 27, 2013

    What are the moth balls made of? Is it a good chemical to eat or to have in your garden?

  • April E
    April E Oklahoma City, OK
    on May 27, 2013

    Joy Hendrickson no and no moth balls have a history. here is some info I found on them. Older mothballs consisted primarily of naphthalene, but due to naphthalene's flammability, many modern mothball formulations instead use 1,4-dichlorobenzene, which may be somewhat less flammable. The latter chemical is also variously labeled as para-dichlorobenzene, p-dichlorobenzene, pDCB, or PDB, making it harder to identify unless all these synonyms are known to a potential purchaser. Both of these ingredients have the strong, pungent, sickly-sweet odor often associated with mothballs. Naphthalene and 1,4-dichlorobenzene should not be mixed, as they react chemically to produce a liquid which may cause damage to items being preserved.[1] Both naphthalene and 1,4-dichlorobenzene sublimate, meaning that they evaporate from a solid state directly into a gas; this gas is toxic to moths and moth larvae. For either of the previous insecticidal chemicals to be effective, they need to be placed with the clothing in a sealed container so the vapors can build up and kill the moths. In a sealed atmosphere like this, the vapors are not as harmful to people because they are relatively contained. The main exposures would occur when filling or opening the containers, or from wearing clothes immediately after opening (especially a problem for infants). A possible solution is to open the containers outside and let the clothes hang and air out for a day before wearing, though this practice will also expose the clothes to any moths that may be flying about, risking re-infestation.

  • Catherine Smith
    Catherine Smith Fredericksburg, VA
    on Aug 6, 2013

    @Jennifer M , Epsom salts is not a fertilizer, nor an insect repellent. It contains magnesium which is a trace mineral that plants need to help set fruit. However, well fed plants can better handle insect pests and diseases. Use compost as a fertilizer.

  • Stephanie Stepp
    Stephanie Stepp Pompano Beach, FL
    on Oct 6, 2013

    Love the colorful planters that the herbs were planted in (#2). Any idea where I can purchase these or who makes them? Thanks Stephanie

    • Marie S
      Marie S Canada
      on Oct 7, 2013

      @Stephanie Stepp you can go to a nursey to get the pots and if they don't have the color pots go to a hardware store and buy spray paint. These look like plastic ones, WalMart etc..

  • Marie S
    Marie S Canada
    on Oct 7, 2013

    Thank You for sharing these photo's

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