Can mint (spearmint or peppermint) be planted in my vegetable garden and be used as a pesticide ?
I'm growing tomatoes and peppers in my vegetable garden, but instead of having to use pesticides all the time to ward off bugs, can I use the pungent odors of mint planted next to my tomatoes and peppers to ward off these pests? If so, which one is the better of the two? If you have a better suggestion, please advise. Thanks ! Reggie Johnson
Companion planting with mint and other aromatic plants has some repellent properties, but will be marginally effective for aggressive pests.
Consider spraying with non-toxic botanical pest repellents:
Good water management and building soil fertility with compost and a mineralized complete organic fertilizer will go a long way in pest prevention by enhancing natural resistance.