Our natural bug repellent, or marigolds, are getting ready to bloom.
This is our tried and true method of keeping destructive insects out of our bean patches and hopefully our cucumbers this year. What we do is plant about 6-10 bean plants and then a marigold plant, all the way down the row. For us, this has worked exceptionally well and last year, with the addition of the chickens, we barely had a beetle or grasshopper in sight and had the best beans ever.
This year, in addition to planting our bug repellents in the gardens, we will be placing lots of marigolds all around the yard and in particular, on our deck, in our driveway, around our blueberries, and at each entrance to our home.
Why? Because marigolds also repel mosquitoes and we all hate mosquitoes. Our father is lucky because he might get bitten once all summer. The rest of us get bitten a lot. We hope the smell of our marigolds drives them far, far away from us!
We also included a picture of two wisteria pods, which are quite interesting; even though they do look like a pea pod, they are poisonous and can kill you. You can, however, eat the flowers.