Home deck edible plants and plants to ward off mosquitoes and other pests

Asked January 6, 2018, 12:29 PM EST

Hi. My deck faces true south. I am trying to grow plants in containers. I have grown jalapeños, seranos, parsley, thyme, oregano, sweet peppers, and marigolds. What else can be grown on my deck? What are good plants for warding and heading off pests. Thanks

Prince George's County Maryland mosquitoes pest control repellent plants

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No plant can repel mosquitoes just sitting in a container. Here is a good link on mosquito repellent plants https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/1993/5-26-1993/plant.html

Instead plan to attract beneficials that produce small flowers that are highly
attractive to pollinators, predators and parasites of garden pests. Some selections include hyssop, cilantro, basil, garlic chives, and anise. Here is a publication on attracting beneficials to your landscape http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG62%20IPM...

If you are having an issue with mosquitoes, reducing populations involves eliminating any water that is present in containers and other areas on your property. For additional information see our mosquito page http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/mosquitoes.

Lastly, Here is our publication on Container Gardening http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG600%20Co...