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Posted by anney Georgia 8 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 10, 07 at 10:57

I've just discovered a list of plants that are said to be insect-repellents. Most of them are herbs.

Last summer, I was overwhelmed with insect pests, primarily squashbugs/stinkbugs and cucumber beetles, which were very destructive to my tomatoes and melons. Though we've had a bad drought and the insect pests haven't been so bad so far, I want to do everything I can next year to keep them away. Specific insect-repellent plants sounds like a great way to go.

My list of seeds and plants to order next year gets longer and longer, and more and more expensive, so I thought I'd ask here if it would be all right to ask for what I'd like (five kinds of seeds), even if I don't have many herbs myself to trade yet? I do have some flower/vegetable seeds that I could trade.

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  • Posted by anney Georgia 8 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 10, 07 at 12:47

if you grow tomatoes in the South. Borage attracts all kinds of good insects but it also attracts the whitefly that spreads the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV). This virus has killed many tomato crops in Florida and has spread to Georgia and California. Plant developers are just now working on hybridizing some tomatoes with a resistance to the virus, but as of now, most tomatoes will succumb to it if whiteflies get to them.

RE: WANTED: New to this exchange thing -- would it be tacky?...

I wouldn't wish Tansy on anybody. It spreads horribly.

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