“This is my first attempt at gardening, and even with daily watering and a compost application, some flowers are dying and others just aren’t growing well. Insects are the next logical thing I can think of as to what may be causing a problem (I’m learning as I go), and I only prefer to use natural, organic insect deterrent. Other gardens in my area (New England) are doing very well. Thank you so much for any advice!”
One thing that I have found that works quite well, is to plant garlic.
Divide the garlic into cloves and just insert into the ground. the garlic will grow, and give off a scent that only the little critters detest, and this will stop them from chewing your plants.
Another way, is to crush garlic and let it seep in water for two days. strain it and put it in a sprayer, and spray your plants with this every 3-4 days, and after every rainfall. believe me, no critters will bother with your plants, and it will be a deterrent, the organic and safe way..
Happy organic gardening!