posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 08:48 AM
Some great suggestions here and I can vouch for many of them myself. Pennyroyal is a good insect repellant (also known as tickweed or mosquito plant)
and don't forget pyrethrum daisies as well as marigolds. Some of these planted here and there in your crop will have a great effect on insect
damage. Snails & slugs won't venture across diatomaceous earth (used in swimming pool filters) because it's like us having to walk barefoot on
broken glass. Larger critters, well that's what fences were invented for. Also had excellent results with nicotine spray which was made by boiling
a heap of cigarette butts (they had to be good for something).
Had a lot of trouble with birds when growing strawberries and eventually had to construct light wire cages to completely cover the plants to keep them
out which worked very well, bell shaped contraptions made from cheap lightweight galvanised birdwire that were easy for me to remove whenever