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Potted arrangements of flowers, vegetables and herbs can enhance your outdoor spaces and provide a supply of fresh edibles in small areas. Container gardening is a growing trend since the pandemic.
The Mill’s Tips for Growing Container Plants:
Recommended Flowers and Herbs for Pest Control:
Petunias – Repel many insects including tomato worms, aphids and leafhoppers. They are easy to grow in containers and add color to summer planters.
Lavender – Repels fleas and moths while attracting beneficial insects and pollinators. It is fragrant, and beautiful in mixed pots.
Bee Balm – Also called Monarda or Bergamot attracts pollinators and provides colorful flowers and interesting texture to planters.
Marigolds – aromatic marigolds help repel whiteflies and kill bad nematodes, however, use caution because they can attract spider mites.
Chrysanthemum - Repel ticks, fleas, ants, Japanese beetles, and many other insects, due to pyrethrin, a natural neurotoxin. Perfect for fall planters.
Nasturtiums – Especially the yellow flowering plants combat whiteflies, wooly aphids, squash bugs, cucumber beetles and more. Plant them near tomatoes and vine crops.
Dahlias – Bring color and beauty to a deck while repelling nematodes.
Basil – Does well planted with tomatoes and repels flies, thrips and mosquitoes.
Borage – Little blue star shaped blossoms attract bees and beneficial wasps while repelling tomato hornworms and cabbage worms.
Catnip – Repels almost everything except cats!
Chives – Provide textural interest in pots while repelling Japanese beetles and carrot rust flies.
Dill – Plant near vine crops, lettuce and onions but away from tomatoes. Dill attracts tomato hornworms, pollinators and beneficial wasps. It repels aphids, spider mites and squash bugs.
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According to the drought report published in June 2021 by NOAA, many areas of the Mid-Atlantic are having above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. The soil across the region is becoming very dry after a wet winter and spring.
If you want to maintain the health of your plants you should consider watering prior to stressing the plant by allowing it to wilt and throw leaves.