Asked on Jul 12, 2013

Pest control for potted plants

Douglas HuntStephanie (Sandpaper & Glue)Jill


I have two big pots of basil that are getting all sorts of chewed up by bugs.... would adding a pot of mums help? Or does that trick only work for things planted in the ground? Help! :)
3 answers
  • Jill
    on Jul 12, 2013

    You can try planting other things too besides mums. I grow all my herbs in pots outside and also plant garlic, chives or small green onion in with them. It keeps the bugs at bay and then I have all I need planted together.

  • that's so funny-- I had chives out there too and then moved them into the ground & that's when they started getting eaten. I didn't even make the connection!!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 13, 2013

    I don't think insects know whether plants are in pots or in the ground. To the extent that other plants provide defenses, all that matters is that they are close by.

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