Much has happened since I started planting this year’s garden. The morning after I put the plants in the ground, the bugs arrived. For reasons I don’t fully understand, whiteflies and other bugs love to nibble on Vietnamese balm (kinh gioi). I situated the plant close to some summer savory and Chinese chives – two pungent herbs that I thought would deter the bugs. That didn’t work.
Each morning, my husband and I would peek outside our bedroom windows to examine the herb bed for overnight damage. Within about 5 days, I knew that I had to defend my plants. I’d cultivated them for me to eat, not the bugs. I pulled out a few old tricks and headed to a local nursery for advice on garden pest management.