Pest Prevention

Avoid plant stress…by doing the following:

  • building healthy soil,
  • ensuring good drainage,
  • don’t plant too close together,
  • avoid monoculture,
  • interplant (leeks, purple sprouting broccoli),
  • Use alliums to disguise scent / confuse pests.
    TIP: Weevils? Try using rhubarb leaves around base of plant.


To prevent pests is to attract beneficials by planting insectory plants, which include:

  • Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae, or carrot family); plants in the carrot family include:
    • Parsley
    • Angelica
    • Queen Anne’s lace
    • Lovage
    • Anise
    • Parsnip
  • Yarrow harvest flowers / yarrow tea
  • Comfrey grown under fruit trees accumulates nutrients—cut down & mulch. This attracts beneficials assassin bugs, ladybugs, lacewings, syrphid flies, and tachinid flies.