Today we’re going to talk about mint can be used to prevent onion flies ruining your onions, garlic, leek and other vegetables in your garden. Admittedly at the time of writing this blog post it’s not the best time to plant mint. Nor is it a time when you have to worry about onion flies. But we found two mint plants at the garden centre on a special offer, so we thought, why not.
Earlier this year (2020) we built a small vegetable patch that we will use for Garlic and onions (we’ll talk more about those in another post). But there is one issue.
The oinion fly
The issue we’re trying to prevent in our garlic and onion patch is the onion fly. The fly itself looks just like a small house fly and the fly it self is harmless. Onion fly larvae eats the onion, garlic, leeks, spring onions and similar plants. Normally you don’t get onion flies util June July. But we felt the need of planning something and when we found the mint on special offer we thought why not? We always try to garden as naturally as possible and if there is a natural way to solve a problem or prevent any issues, we like to try it.
So where does the mint come into the question?
Well, mint is supposed to confuse the onion fly and therefor make it fly somewhere else to lay its egg.
Mint is also supposed to be good for keeping flea beetles away from your Kale/Cabbage and carrot root flies away from your carrots.
So, there is potential to explore here.
We bought two mint plants and planted them in diagonally opposite corners of the patch.
As usually we put in a scoop of Alpaca Natural plant food before we planted them to give them an extra boost. It’s been about a week since we planted the mint (at the time of the writing of this post) and they both already look happier and greener than they did on the garden centre shelf. They clearly liked the extra goodness from the Alpacas.
There is one problem with planting mint into the ground and not into a pot. That is that mint might grow a bit wild and crazy if you don’t pay attention. So they might need a bit of pruning now and then. Mint is a perennial meaning it should last more than two years if you look after it. we hope that this test will protect our garlic for years to come.
We are always intested in hearing about what you do to keep your vegetables out of harm way. Have you been using mint to prevent onion flies? Please leave a comment below and let us know!
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