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Plant Herbs for Summer Parties

Plant your garden so that your house is more conducive to garden parties this year. Herbs that are multitaskers can help other plants grow at the same time they repel garden pests – like mosquitoes – so you can spend more time outdoors with friends and family. Plus, the following items can be key components of your summer eating and decorating. Use them all on your spring and summer party table.



The perfect partner for spring and summer buffet dishes, dill is a favorite in the garden, and helps a multitude of other garden plants. Planting dill nearby will help asparagus and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, as well as summer staples like cucumbers and lettuce. Young dill will help your tomatoes grow. It’s also an insect attractor – in the best way: Honeybees, wasps and butterfly caterpillars love it, while it repels the insects you don’t want, such as aphids and spider mites. Use it in: Dill makes the ultimate egg salad and potato salad dishes.

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If you have pollen allergies, remember that pollen levels tend to be highest between 10 AM and 4 PM. Try not to garden during these times.