Kids Plant Friends

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Kids can plant friendly herbs in their veggie garden to attract pollinators and beneficial insects and ward off pests. Organic gardening means using no pesticides or herbicides and growing certain plants together for their mutual benefit. The Native American Three Sisters planting of corn, squash, and beans together benefits all three plants and enriches the soil. Kids can plant squash with dill to attract aphid predators and edible nasturtium flowers to repel squash bugs. Coriander, dill, parsley, and fennel have lovely flowers that are powerful lures for lady bugs. Mint attracts many beneficial insects when grown in its own pot so it doesn’t spread. Bee balm attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Garlic and onion have strong odors to repel pests. Marigolds are pretty colored edible flowers that kids can plant as a border around the veggie garden to repel pests and attract pollinators. Ground cover friends improve the soil and act as living mulch, like clover planted around tomatoes or sweet alyssum around broccoli and cauliflower. Sunflowers can be bean poles as well as attracting beneficial birds and insects to the garden. Kids can plant herbs among veggies in raised bed gardens and create a neighborhood of friends.

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