Herbs that say ‘No go Buddy!’ Plants with an Attitude!!! Part 3

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April 2019

Herbs that say ‘No go Buddy!’

Plants with an Attitude!!!

Part 3

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First and foremost, funny story … yesterday after completing Part 2, my beloved asked me to come out into the garden … once there, she asked me for help with a strange herb bush, and could l identify it for her? The bush above is erm, ‘Bayleaf’ – so l said it’s a bayleaf darling why? She said, well your article has said we don’t have any bayleaf in the garden how did this just appear as if like magic??

So, there we go folks, we do have bayleaf! It’s a great herb indeed and marvelous for cooking with.

Now to part 3.

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Parsley

I grew an awful amount of parsley in 2017 when l had the square foot gardening, it was a terrific grower, l had three types growing, including curly and it was brilliant inside the squares next to marigolds and nasturtiums, it’s a pity ha ha that square foot gardening proved to be such a nightmare, but the parsley thrived!! Now as it happens this herb repels asparagus beetles. I wasn’t growing asparagus, but IF l had been, the parsley would have repelled the blighters!!

Parsley is a great garnish and salad food stuff. As a herb it has been around for a very long time, so like many of our herbs. Here in the UK we also have the uncultivated parsleys that grow wild, ‘Cow Parsley‘ is also often called Keck, and that is equally as edible as the cultivated kind, however if not known and identified properly it can get mixed up and confused with Fool’s Parsley which can prove to be fatal if consumed. But sometimes Keck is also confused when young with the giant cow parsley which can cause serious burns to the skin. Luckily when l used to pick the young saplings to feed to my rabbits when l kept and bred them, l was tutored and mentored in the art of weed foraging by farmers  and so l do know the difference.

11 Delicious Ways to Use Up a Bunch of Parsley

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Nasturtium

Another non-herb included in the line-up, l like this plant, they too like the marigolds are great in salads, superb as companions but also truly wicked in their capacity for dealing with unwanted visitors! Aphids, whiteflies, squash bugs and many different beetles.

When it comes to companion planting do really consider these as a go to for pest predation. When l grew them, l had both giant and normal varieties growing and we were very lucky to have them present, as there must have been six assorted plants amongst all the squares and in addition to stunning colours, they did their job well indeed.  The beauty of this plants ability to repel is down to the fact that it releases an airborne chemical, and if companion planting, its ‘force field’ protects all those around it – however YAY, bees and Bumblebees are NOT repelled because of the flowers themselves.

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Learn About… Nasturtium

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Clover/Trefoil

Simply put Trefoils/Clovers are great for a few reasons, 1] you can use them as a relatively effective ground cover and including red clover in beds just prior to closing them down for the winter months, chop it up and turn it over into your soil before covering with a black tarp – the worms have feasts! But also trefoil is a great repellant against aphids and wireworms and if mixed with other ingredients is reputed to make a pretty good ant deterant – mm, think Suze and l will have to try that and l’ll let you know.

What Are the Best Uses for Clover?

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Petunias

Another non-herb, but a very useful plant in the war against bugs! Now this femme fatale repels asparagus beetles, tomato hornworms, squash bugs, leaf hoppers and aphids! There is no reason to not plant flowers and herbs and vegetables together, we have done, purely because of the properties that some plants can afford growers in so far as natural protection.

The secret to Petunia’s success mostly lies in her ability to actually trap the insects on her sticky stamens, can’t get away and die, eventually they fall into the soil and their deaths serve to further enrich the nutrient soil levels. Win win! Of course, the other thing is this, they serve to attact butterflies another one of our pollinators so there is a bonus even if she is a tad heavy stemmed with  uninvited guests! whilst butterflies are not as adept as our bees in the pollination process, they are stunningly beautiful to look upon, and every little bit helps in my book.

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Chrysanthemum

Another non-herb, but a beautiful flower is of course the chrysanthemum, these pretties are also pretty damn effective at keeping wild beasties at bay! These will repel roaches, ants, ticks and fleas, spider mites, silverfish and bugs! Impressive, no? Now they can make superb companion plants, but do be aware that the same thing these flowers do to repel and kill the bugs can be also harmful to humans. That is Pyrethrum. These flowers can be used to make an insecticidal spray, so that is how you must be careful if using this as a form of deterant.

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So there we go folks, the final part of Plants with Attitude.

Tomorrow we will look at herbs and plants that are beneficial as friendly bug attractors!

17 thoughts on “Herbs that say ‘No go Buddy!’ Plants with an Attitude!!! Part 3

  1. I like to use fresh parsley as much as I can, so I have tried to grow it here in Singapore in my balcony. I have tried with local seeds, nothing…I bought seeds from Italy and tried and nothing…it is very sensitive and it doesn’t like hot 😔 While rosemary, sage and basil are growing nicely, parsley nothing…only 1, 2 small little plants 🌱 definitely cannot be used ☺️😖 Well luckily there is at the supermarket ☺️

        1. Maybe the answer is to look for slightly more resiliant plants, and sometimes l have found even ‘hybrid’ and specific ‘cultivated’ varieties do really well, like in beetroots and radishes some have ‘bolthardy’, but with curly it is a slightly tougher plant, also maybe look at bringing some of the plants in at night, watering at different times, night is better, it is an interesting subject ribana, something l am going to have to look into further and maybe write a post 🙂

          1. Yes is interesting because they do behave differently here compared with Italy for example. Back home I use to grow the aromatic plants without any issues, here with some like parsley is difficult. Also the type of soil that I find here is very different from the one back home even if I buy it from the plant markets. But I’ll try to find the seeds for the curly parsley and I’ll try it 😊

  2. Asparagus beetles are a huge problem for us. Does planting parsley really work or should parsley be made into a tea and sprayed on the plants? Planting petunias to repel them could be a problem since the asparagus is an early crop and the weather may not be warm enough to set out annuals yet. I wonder if I just put them in pots in the asparagus bed. I better decide soon as asparagus should be popping up in a couple of weeks.
    When we seed any area that we will be mowing as lawn we always mix grass seed and clover. We use white clover. It makes a beautiful lawn, it crowds out other “weeds”, the bees love it, it is nice to walk on (barefoot), it can be mowed over and over and keeps coming back and will continue to blossom.
    Another great post Rory!

    1. Hey Ruth, well if it works let me know, we don’t have the soil here to make the asparagus grow properly, tried in 2015/16 no luck.

      I think pots would be a good idea, we had last years batch in pots and we could move them around to wherever. The thing with parsley was that it was quite proactive in its growing, very enthusiastic.

      As to the clover, totally , totally agree we have a lot of natural clover in the lawn here – the house we are in was built on a field, so in fact all the houses here have clover as a natural lawn and the bees adore it, and barefoot is easy going as well, mowing as you say is a breeze, and l love the clippings more as they act as a good quality accelerator in the compost to boot, an all round winner 🙂

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