Organic gardening uses the most natural methods possible. This includes pest control. That’s why gardeners plant so-called trap plants. What is their actual role?
What are trap plants?
The role of trap plants is to distract pests from the crop. These special-purpose plants (so-called ‘trap-plants’) lure insects that everyone considers pests. They, on the other hand, attract beneficial and predatory insects (e.g. wasps, ladybugs), which are extremely eager to eat the previously lured pests. Thus, valuable vegetables, flowers and crops are protected, and the garden is again in balance and harmony.
What is the role of trap plants in the garden?
In addition, thanks to trap-plants, gardeners can minimize the need to use chemical pesticides. What’s more, trap-plants attract:
– bees, which are especially welcome in any garden,
– spiders that eat flies, mosquitoes or bugs that are a nuisance to everyone,
– butterflies, without which the ecosystem would be lost, as they are excellent pollinators and make plants give better crop.
What special task plants are worth planting in your garden?
There is one rule: trap plants should grow before pests arrive in the garden. Among the most common choices are:
– duckweed placed next to potatoes to protect them from centipedes, and also repel mosquitoes, ticks or ants,
– tansy and dill repel butterflies from tomatoes (their caterpillars readily eat the leaves of tomato bushes),
– nettle attracts aphids,
– spreading velvet attracts nematodes, and protects vegetables from slugs,
– radish planted next to cabbage will attract cabbage leaf litter,
– nasturtiums attract aphids and greenhouse whitefly (it is worth planting them in the vicinity of lettuce, pumpkin, kale, beans, cabbage or Brussels sprouts)
– cucumbers attract moths, whose larvae readily eat the fruit.