Five Plants for Pest Control for Your Vegetable Garden

Did you know that pest control is possible by using plants? Are you surprised? Your garden will stay beautiful, healthy and smell great.
Five Plants for Pest Control for Your Vegetable Garden

Last update: 17 October, 2020

Pest control is essential if you have a vegetable garden since those annoying little bugs are some of the biggest enemies of your plants, and can sometimes destroy everything in sight. The good news is that some plants can fight off these pests in a natural way.

Forget about pesticides and products that could harm the environment. Thanks to certain species, your garden will be in perfect condition.

The importance of pest control

A woman ready for pest control.

When the weather’s hot, insects attack vegetable gardens. This is the time to take precautions to prevent them from spreading.

There are many ways to do this, but if you want to use the most ecological and respectful way for the environment, take a look at these five plants that can fight pests. By using them, your garden will stay healthy and beautiful.

This doesn’t mean that pests will never appear, but many bugs hate the colors and aromas of these particular plants.

Also, look into eco-friendly fungicides, as some work really well and you might have to use them.

A beautiful vegetable garden.

Marigolds – a classic for pest control

When people talk about plants that repel garden pests, marigolds are a classic. They’re perennials, so you can enjoy their beauty all year round.

The aroma is unpleasant for aphids and whiteflies, so it’s recommended putting them at the perimeter of your vegetable garden to create a protective barrier.

Furthermore, the root secretes a substance that acts as a nematode repellent. This is something that can keep all those worms that are enemies of tomatoes, potatoes, or eggplants at bay.


Rosemary is one of those plants that doesn’t need much care and doesn’t need a lot of water. As if that weren’t enough, it’s an aromatic herb that you can use to season your recipes with.

Rosemary is one of the herbs that best repel pests, especially butterflies that attack carrots. Another thing in its favor is that it attracts pollinating insects, which is useful for making your garden prosper. You can find this plant at your local nursery.

Fresh mint pest control

A mint plant on a wooden table.

Mint is another of everyone’s favorite aromatic. It has healing properties and, in summer, it’s a must-have in every foodie’s kitchen.

What you probably didn’t know is it repels ants and annoying aphids, which makes it essential for taking care of any vegetable or flower garden.

English marigolds – pest control with color

The Egyptians considered this

a miracle plant because of its many medicinal uses. In fact, it’s believed that it’s useful for taking care of sensitive skin, especially that of babies. Also, it’s said to have soothing properties.

It’s widely used in vegetable gardens because of its ability to repel aphids, whitefly, and nematodes. But, also, it attracts beneficial insects for your garden, like the hoverfly which is the aphid’s archenemy.

Cleansing with sage

A sage plant in a wooden box.

Another of the most popular and good-smelling therapeutic plants is sage. Its fresh taste makes it perfect for preparing pasta, but it can also help digestive problems.

It’s surprisingly effective against whiteflies, carrot flies, and moths. So, don’t hesitate to plant it in your garden and enjoy its green leaves and purple flowers.

By the way, it’ll help repel annoying slugs too, who are so fond of eating everything they find in your vegetable garden.

In addition to acting as a barrier to some insects, these plants can also be used to season food and as a natural remedy.

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