This article originally appeared on PETA Prime.
A common discussion topic among gardeners is how to keep out "unwanted" critters. Because I specialize in keeping gardens safe for humans and animals, I come at this challenge from a different perspective.
While I do not want my plants to be eaten by insects and don't want my yard to become a mouse colony (even though my dog might disagree!), I am adamantly against using any chemicals or methods that might harm any of these beings.
Unfortunately, many people choose to use cruel methods that either injure or kill garden visitors. I think the problem is that most people are not aware that there are other ways to protect your garden that don't require you to harm any living beings.
The good news is that there are various fragrances and plants that can be used as deterrents against the following critters:
I find that it's best to introduce these deterrents by planting them directly in your garden whenever possible. However, if some plants are not available in your area, you can also use essential oils. Marigolds— especially French marigolds— are easy to grow, are available in just about any climate, and attract many beneficial insects who will help protect your garden.
Please remember that you can keep your garden in top shape without harming any of our animal friends.
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