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Old 03-20-2011, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I hear garlic keeps away some bugs, so I was going to plant some in a container I'm growing a banana in. I also heard some vegetables pick up the garlic flavor so you shouldn't plant it near them. Any one know if the banana will pick up the flavor or if it should be okay to plant garlic to keep away some pests.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have garlic and onion planted with with blueberries,no garlic flavored blueberries so far
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I hear garlic keeps away some bugs, so I was going to plant some in a container I'm growing a banana in. I also heard some vegetables pick up the garlic flavor so you shouldn't plant it near them. Any one know if the banana will pick up the flavor or if it should be okay to plant garlic to keep away some pests.
Bananas and garlic do not cross bred so there is no possibility of offspring picking up the flavor from one or the other plant.

By the way, this whole idea of plants keeping away bugs from other plants is false. The bugs will of course ignore the distasteful plant and land right on the one that is appealing -- even when the plants are intermingled.
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What i see here is they surround corn and potatoe fields with sun- and
wildflowers, this seems to help probably cause it attracts other insects that kill bugs. So, it is always good to grow alot of flowers in your veggie garden.

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I hear garlic keeps away some bugs, so I was going to plant some in a container I'm growing a banana in. I also heard some vegetables pick up the garlic flavor so you shouldn't plant it near them. Any one know if the banana will pick up the flavor or if it should be okay to plant garlic to keep away some pests.
It's neither. They don't share Pests and the scent isn't transportable through the soil...otherwise, I'd have had prety nasty Sweet peppers last yr;>!
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It's neither. They don't share Pests and the scent isn't transportable through the soil...otherwise, I'd have had prety nasty Sweet peppers last yr;>!
Or some very awesome sweet peppers
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There should be no problem with interplanting. I plant marigolds with my tomatos to keep nematodes away. Certain oils and chemicals that plants naturally give off are beneficial to those surrounding them. So plant away and have a great harvest!
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