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.


I currently have two Mint varieties in the garden here, spearmint and Pennyroyal, but not peppermint as bees can’t stand peppermint. In a previous garden, l had several mints like wild, liquorice, catmint, pineapple, horsemint and apple. It’s safe to say l do like mints. There are many varieties of mint, and Some might be astonished to read that there are well over 500 varieties of this lovely herb. I will be getting more.

In addition to peppermint not being the greatest friend to bees, mosquitoes ALSO hate mint. It’s an excellent pest repellent as far as they are concerned.

Make sure to have plenty of potted mint in your back garden around the seated areas where you might sit for an evening or eat BBQ or just simply when you are sitting down enjoying the gentleness of a warm balmy night without having to slap your skin every twenty seconds!

Of all the mint varieties there are gardeners would probably find either wild mint or spearmint the best sort to have as a companion planting with their vegetables, especially around their peas and beans.

But also, planting mint near or within the same pot or space in the bed [be mindful of the nature in which mint can spread like wildfire] as tomatoes and aubergines, brassicas like cauliflower and cabbages, carrots too and kales. Mint will repel and, to a certain degree, enforce pest control.

If you wanted to have a strong defence in your vegetable beds or growing area, then a combination of mints, marigolds, fennels, chives and oregano would prove highly effective and beneficial. Mint is pretty practical as a front line defence against harmful insects.

I have read many times; also that mint and mice do not go well together. So if you have issues with mice, then dried or fresh mint may help you out.

Hope you enjoyed this article and l’ll see you again soon.

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12 thoughts on “Mint

  1. I love mint, too, Rory. I didn’t know there were so many varieties, nor that bees don’t like peppermint. Thanks for the interesting information.

    When I lived in the country a mouse came every night to gnaw inside the ceiling of the bedroom keeping us awake. There was no access to the attic and nothing I tried would deter it. Eventually it had gnawed a tiny hole through right by the ceiling light fixture. I had read they hated peppermint, so I saturated a cotton ball with peppermint oil and stuffed it into the hole. That night I heard some scurrying overhead, then quiet. It never did come back.

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