Hula Hoops for Plants

I cut a bunch of garlic scapes and put them around the plants as an anti-pest measure. Squash bugs and potato beetles have been an issue in the past so I’m starting the preventative measures now!

Garlic scape around Patisson Marbre Scallop Squash

Garlic scape around Patisson Marbre Scallop Squash

Most “bad” bugs don’t like garlic. Garlic sprays may work better, but this was a VERY simple, fast anti-pest solution.

Garlic scape around Thai Red Roselle

Garlic scape around Thai Red Roselle

Plus now the plants have stylish accessories!

Garlic scape around tomato plant

Garlic scape around tomato plant

They’re kind of like flea collars! Or hula hoops:

Purple cauliflower with garlic scape hula hoop (haha)

Purple cauliflower with garlic scape hula hoop (haha)

Lots of ladybugs in the garden

Lots of ladybugs in the garden: also good for controlling “bad” bugs

Little butterfly

Butterflies are also beneficial

Violet de Provence artichoke

Violet de Provence artichoke. Artichokes are seldom bothered by pests.

Violet de Provence artichoke

Violet de Provence artichoke just beginning to form

Feverfew

Feverfew

I don’t really do anything with the feverfew, but the more flowers and herbs you have in the garden, the more defenses you have against the “bad” bugs!

4 thoughts on “Hula Hoops for Plants

  1. Pingback: Ask Spy Garden: Squash Bugs | Spy Garden

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Even if you cut the scapes when they are quite young, they will continue to grow and mature into the bulb seeds too (so the garlic smell does last awhile). Glad you like the idea!

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