Plants That Will Keep Pests Out of Your Garden

Many gardeners search for ways to keep pests away from their plants. Unfortunately, pesticides are not the best for the garden or the environment.

However, there are quite a few plants that can be a more natural solution for any pesty invaders.


Lavender is well known for its soothing effects. However, many don’t realize there is much more that this plant can do. Lavender is known to repel many pests including fleas, moths, and mosquitoes.

It is recommended to plant small starter plants rather than grow lavender from seeds. To grow lavender, be sure to plant about 2-3 feet apart in the spring when the soil is warming. Add mulch to the garden to prevent root rot, excess moisture, and keep the weeds at bay.


These sun-loving plants give off an airborne substance that protects against flies. However, they are also great at keeping aphids and mosquitoes out of the garden.

Additionally, these flowers can be dried and used to make a tea that is great for relieving headaches, cramps, and more.

To grow marigolds be sure to keep them in an area that gets full sun. Luckily, these flowers don’t need a specific kind of soil, making them a favorite for many gardeners. Additionally, unless the soil is of a very poor quality, marigolds typically won’t need fertilizer.


This pleasant-smelling plant is great at repelling all kinds of insects.

To grow mint, be sure to choose a location that gets some shade with soil that drains well. It is a good idea to keep this plant contained in a pot as it is known to grow and spread aggressively.

The plants, if grown from seeds, should be ready for harvest in about 2 months. Harvesting can occur when the plants have multiple stems around 6-8 inches long. However, be sure not to harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.

Mint plant to keep pests away
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Pesticides can be problematic for both the garden and the overall environment. Next time an unwanted pest is found, opt for the more natural approach and plant some of these pest-deterring plants.

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