Plants That Say No Go Buddy – Not On My Shift!

Predatory and Companion Plants

The beauty and benefits of companion planting. Techniques to introduce different flowers, plants and herbs with an attitude that can support and improve soil conditions, increase fertility, offer shelter and attract and repel insects simultaneously.


Basil is great for warding off flies and mosquitoes, and the oil in Basil kills mosquito eggs. Many herbs with potent oils and scents seemingly have repellant abilities. Basil falls into this category of pest control as it is exceptionally good at deterring small flies and gnats due to its pungency.

We all know that Basil is great for pesto as well!

Basil has been used for centuries, from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans. Everyone loved Basil! But mosquitoes find Basil revolting!! Eat more Basil, have Basil in your pores, and rub the leaves on your skin. It can also soothe fresh bites and ease the itching.

Companion planting it next to tomato plants also aids in keeping the bugs away.

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16 thoughts on “Basil

      1. Hey Trisha, very much so, l think it would be way easier for you to visit a nursery or a garden centre and pick up a couple of the ready to go plants as small plants in pots. Common basil will grow very well in the garden whilst more specialist varieties like Thai basil [great for cooking] might be best grown indoors till they are larger plants and then transferred to the garden.

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