Plant Garlic In Fall To Keep Bad Bugs Away


Did you know that planting garlic can keep damaging insects away from your garden?

In previous posts, I talked about how garlic helps roses by repelling aphids and help prevent fungal diseases such as blackspot and powdery mildew.  I also shared  how to make your own DIY garlic bug spray to kill insects that are damaging your plants.

Today, I am going to share with you another way that garlic can help you in the garden.  Plant garlic around fruit trees to help prevent borers.

Borers are small beetles that lay their eggs in the crevices of bark.  The eggs hatch and the small larvae eat their way into the sapwood of your tree, which causes damage and can even kill a tree.  Borers usually target young or drought-stressed fruit trees, although they can go after a healthy tree too.

Bugs simply don’t like the smell of garlic.


Now, you don’t have to go out and buy fancy garlic from the nursery to plant, (although you certainly can if you like).  A simple trip to your local supermarket is all you need to do.  Plant 5 – 7 garlic cloves around your tree about 1 – 2 inches deep.  Keep the papery skins on and plant each clove so that the pointed part faces upward.

garlic greens

As garlic begins to grow, green shoots will form.  You can cut a few and dice them much like you would chives and use them with you cook for a mild garlic flavor.  In cold climates, the greens will die back in winter, but will come back in spring.  For those of you in warmer climates, the greens will last year round.

If you have apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach or pear trees, I highly recommend planting garlic around each tree.

Even if you do not have fruit trees, growing garlic is fun and rewarding.  Fall is the best time to plant your garlic, whether to keep bad bugs away or for eating later.  Garlic lasts around 6-9 months after harvesting.  They are easy to grow and can be grown among existing plants or even in containers.  For more information on how to grow garlic, click here.

    • Noelle says

      Hi Betty,

      I have new apple trees too and have just planted my garlic around them.

      Wishes for a beautiful and bountiful apple tree for you!


  1. Sherri says

    Very interesting! Wish you could tell me something that would keep the squirrels from “picking” the fruit before ripe and just dropping it to the ground.

  2. Ora-Jean Perry says

    After two years of beautiful garlic, this year’s crop looks more like green onions – no cloves. Before I bought garlic to plant. This year’s crop is from last year’s. What happened?

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