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The Gardener's Year


Rabbits don’t like onions!

Having nurtured your plants and watched them grow by leaps and bounds over the spring and early summer, nothing could be more disheartening than attacks from slugs, snails, rabbits and moles. Lucia Latenstein shares some handy hints from an old friend, a booklet, Companion Plants by Helen Philbrick and Richard B. Gregg (1966)*


'Rabbits don’t penetrate through a plantation of onions. Every member of the onion family, even the ornamental Alliums, protect the garden against rabbits when they are planted like an edging around a border. This simple way of protection should be applied more often'.

Well I can’t agree more. It works perfectly. Last year rabbits attacked my dahlias. They are still in the garden, but not in the beds where I planted onions around them.


Slug Patrol

'Slugs can be kept at a distance by oak bark chipping or oak leaves. An extract of absinthe (Artemisia) sprinkled on the soil in spring or autumn keeps them away because of the bitter smell. Wood ash causes them to exhaust themselves or even kills them'.

More about slugs: 80% of the slugs are living underground and in the night they surface. I go out in the dark with a lamp and catch them. Then I throw them in the stream. Not very pleasant, and not everybody has time to do this. But it does help the garden.

Ant Deterent

'Mint planted next to the front or back door keep ants from going inside. Common Tansy around the house or on shelves in the cupboard has the same affect'.

Mole Invasion

'Euphorbia lathyris (also called mole plant) keeps moles and mice at a distance'.

There are a lot more interesting subjects in the booklet. Most of them have to do with cultivation in combination with the kitchen garden. *Companion Plants by Helen Philbrick and Richard B. Gregg is available on Amazon or contact Lucia for more insights.

©Lucia Latenstein
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