After my encounter with the leek moth larva I would like to find out what kind of plants that leeks welcome as their neighbor, also known as companion plants. No, leeks are not supposed to look like the ones in the picture 😉 They’re infected by leek moth larva.
I couldn’t find any natural companion plants for leek, which surprises me, but it turns out that leeks help quite a few other plants:
- Apple trees
- Carrots (repel the carrot fly)
Leeks are not a good idea near:
So I’ll just stick with a fine-meshed net to keep leek moth away. Another trick is to delay planting of leeks until the second generation of leek moth arrive. This will keep their numbers down.
How I’ll keep the cats out of the net is still a big question though 😉 I think we’ll have to build the finest cat playground in the neighborhood to keep them the hell out of the vegetables. They’re driving me nuts sometimes. Tonight one of the cats just throw herself down on a bunch of carrots and broke the stalks right above the ground. But of course, she doesn’t know what she’s doing. They’re so zen. Not a worry in the world. Good teachers.