In Basket: July 2012

The Herb Companion readers discuss silver herbs at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the use of natural pesticides, the wonders of the lavender plant, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”

| June/July 2012

Silver Herbs at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

In the November 2011 issue of The Herb Companion, we featured the White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle. If you are interested in visiting this beautiful garden, go to the National Trust website for more information.

Natural Pesticides for Gardens

I bought three sage plants about four months ago, and little by little they have died. I dug under the plants and found black centipede-like bugs. I assume they are what is killing them. I would like to find a natural way to kill these bugs. Any ideas?

—Theresa Eheler, Olongapo City, Philippines

Whiteflies, spider mites and mealybugs commonly infest sage plants. Pests like these are difficult to control without the use of pesticides. Avoid chemical-laden pesticides in favor of herbal solutions (read What’s Wrong with My Herbs: Natural Pesticides for Gardens). You could also fill your garden bed with beneficial bugs (read Attract Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden). —Eds.

Lavender Plant Trouble

I planted lavender nearly six weeks ago. The first five weeks were very productive, it grew well and was shiny. But I noticed that the sun is a bit too harsh for this young plant in this season so I moved the plant to my basement to avoid exposure to the harsh sun. I just noticed that in a day, the plant has started dying very fast and I have no clue what to do. My gut feeling is that it was the lack of direct sunlight as well as perhaps a bit of overwatering. I put the plant in good sun today, and am watching it every hour. Do you have any advice for me?

—Aymen Abdullah, Islamabad, Pakistan

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