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Petunia repels aphids, leafhoppers and Mexican bean beetles. (Credit: MCT)

Petunia repels aphids, leafhoppers and Mexican bean beetles.

16 plants for a healthy garden

Here are 16 plants to use strategically for a healthier garden.

Lavender

Lavender repels slugs.
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Lavender repels slugs.

Basil

Basil repels aphids, flies, mosquitoes and mites; also
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Basil repels aphids, flies, mosquitoes and mites; also has fungicidal properties. Plant around tomatoes to repel hornworms.

Catnip

Catnip repels ants, fleas and mosquitoes.
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Catnip repels ants, fleas and mosquitoes.

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Tomatoes

Plant tomatoes around asparagus to repel asparagus beetles,
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Plant tomatoes around asparagus to repel asparagus beetles, and around roses to help prevent black spot. Keep away from cabbage, fennel and potatoes.

Oregano

Oregano repels cucumber beetle.
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Oregano repels cucumber beetle.

Borage

Borage repels tomato worms.
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Borage repels tomato worms.

Onion

Onion repels ants, aphids, borers and moles. Also
(Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler)

Onion repels ants, aphids, borers and moles. Also discourages black spot on roses. Plant around carrots, beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and cabbage, but avoid around beans, parsley, peas and leeks.

Rosemary

Rosemary deters cabbage moth, bean beetles and carrot
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Rosemary deters cabbage moth, bean beetles and carrot fly.

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Petunia

Petunia repels aphids, leafhoppers and Mexican bean beetles.
(Credit: MCT)

Petunia repels aphids, leafhoppers and Mexican bean beetles.

Thyme

Thyme deters cabbage worms and slugs.
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Thyme deters cabbage worms and slugs.

Nasturtium

Nasturtium repels aphids, spider mites and whiteflies. Plant
(Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Nasturtium repels aphids, spider mites and whiteflies. Plant around fruit trees, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes (for improved flavor).

Mint

Mint repels aphids, cabbage moths and cabbage worms.
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Mint repels aphids, cabbage moths and cabbage worms. Plant in containers, though, or it will take over your garden.

Radish

Plant radish around cucumbers and squash to trap
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Plant radish around cucumbers and squash to trap beetles.

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Marigolds

Pests (aphids, bean beetles and others) find the
(Credit: AP)

Pests (aphids, bean beetles and others) find the scent of marigolds repulsive, so plant them throughout the vegetable garden. French and African varieties eliminate nematodes from the soil.

Chamomile

Chamomile repels cabbage moths.
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Chamomile repels cabbage moths.

Chives

Plant chives around roses and lettuce to repel
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Plant chives around roses and lettuce to repel aphids.

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