'Natural Summer Solutions, Tips & Fun' Challenge Day 4: Double Duty Plants
Today's activity is double duty plants.
There are many plants that do double, even triple duty. They not only provide beauty to your landscape, but they're useful in other ways too.
Here is a list of a some of them
Basil (pictured above)- Repels flies and mosquitoes and adds a good flavor to Italian dishes.
Bee Balm- Attracts bees and butterflies to your garden and can be used as a spice or as a tea.
Borage- Repels tomato horn-worms and cabbage worms, attracts bees and wasps.
Chives- Repels Japanese beatles and carrot rust flies and can be used as a spice.
Chrysanthemums- An all natural pesticide to control roaches, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs and ants. They also add a beautiful display to your garden in the fall.
Dill- Attracts hover flies and wasps, food for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Plant away from tomatoes to attract tomato horn-worms to it instead of the tomato plant. Repels aphids and spider mites. Can be used as a spice.
Garlic- Plant near roses to repel aphids. It also repels codling moths Japanese beetles, root maggots, snails and carrot root flies.
Lavender- Repels fleas and months and attracts a large number of beneficial insects, including bees. Can also be used as a spice and as a tea. You can also dry it to use in sachets for closets and dressers.
Petunias- Repel asparagus beetles, leaf hoppers, aphids, tomato worms and various other pests.
These are just a handful of the many plants that play double and triple duty. Do you have any of these in your gardens/flower beds? What other plants would you add to this list?