Outdoor growing and keeping the bugs away

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#1

What is the best way to keep out the bugs when an outdoor harvest goes into flower? I’ve heard of wrapping the trunk with copper to keep out the caterpillars and snails. Cedar around the trunks in the above ground fabric pots. Soap?

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#2

Soaps work. Essential oils are a great organic way to keep away pests and rodents. I have used peppermint oils in the past around the base of my plants as an effective outdoor deterrent.

Any other outdoor growers have any suggestions?

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#3

What about companion plants. I’ve heard they work as a distraction to the bugs

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