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Many of us grow a garden, whether to supplement our food supply or to store or dehydrate them for future use. We deserve to enjoy the fruits of our labors. There are, however, four friends that can really help your garden do well. Do you plan for them in your garden?

marigolds
Marigold

Firstly, we have the marigold flower. Why marigold? They don’t smell particularly good, but they are eye-catching, and that’s what makes marigolds work so well. It’s all about who they deter and who they attract. Some pests don’t like marigolds and will choose to go elsewhere (which is a win for us). But marigolds also attract some friendly insects that chase off bad pests. Both bees and butterflies love marigolds, so a garden with marigolds is more likely to have these helpful creatures.
I plant two rows of vegetables, then a row of marigolds, and repeat all throughout my garden. We can admire the beautiful flowers in the garden or bring them inside the house all summer long. I have good insects, and it keeps away the bad insects. See why having marigolds in your garden is a great idea? Bonus: it’s easy to save seeds from marigolds to plant again the next year, and if your plant is an heirloom variety (as opposed to a hybrid) the new plants will look just like the parent plant.

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Chamomile and Daisy

Two other flowers that are great in a garden are the chamomile and daisy. These are both in the daisy family, and they attract a range of beneficial insects, such as hoverflies and predatory wasps. You can also make herb tea from chamomile, which is helpful for anxiety, insomnia, and cramping, among other things. These two easily self-seed, making them a wonderful addition to a garden without a lot of work.

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Ladybugs

If your garden has aphids (check your roses — aphids love them), you want ladybugs! Ladybugs are great to have in a garden because they love delicious aphids. Some may be attracted to your garden from the above flowers, but you don’t have to just wait and hope that some will find your garden. You can buy ladybugs by mail! When you get them, they will be thirsty. You will need to release them in the evening, just after sunset, wherever the aphids are. Make sure the garden is very wet so they will stay for the night and eat and drink. By morning they will likely have decided to stay. As long as they are there, they will eat the aphids and keep them from laying eggs. Note that the ladybugs lay eggs also, so be sure you don’t hurt them! Ladybug eggs are laid under the plant leaves and are yellowish-orange and oval-shaped.
These things — marigolds, chamomile, daisies, and ladybugs — are great to add to a garden, and you will find that your garden will reward you with more good insects and fewer pests.

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