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How to Protect Herbs and Vegetables from Garden Pests

Casa Quickie: Hang Veggies and Herbs High

Last year, unwelcome pests in my garden wreaked havoc on my herbs and veggies. My green thumb takes over as soon as Spring arrives, and this year I've been looking for a noninvasive solution for having fresh cuts in my backyard without enticing hungry animals to have the first taste. Better Homes & Gardens suggests planting herbs and small vegetables in hanging planters to save on ground space, but I think it may be the perfect solution for a growing pest problem too. Not only is putting the goods out of reach visually appealing, it also leaves the delicious plantings safe and sound high above the ground. If, like me, you decide to hang your small varieties, just be sure you water them frequently as hanging planters and baskets tend to dry out faster than earth-grown plants.

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
Fabulous article! I do "planter" gardens and find that some actually do better if hung. Often some veggies and herbs need well-drained soil so they do fabulous in hanging pots. If you tend to forget to water or simply have a busy life, I have a small trick which does help thirsty plants go the distance. It is a bit odd but I swear it works. Disposable diapers. Cut up a few disposable diapers and place them in the bottom of your pots or window boxes. The "super" absorption miracle material in them is the same used as an additive to gardening soil. This will hold some moisture between watering's. It is particularly helpful if you live in a very dry climate.
Laura-Trevey Laura-Trevey 7 years
I love this!!
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