Is there a way to protect my vegetable garden from insects without spraying with poisons?

A: With increased worry about chemical insect killers, many gardeners are turning to old-time remedies such as fighting insects with insects and driving away bugs with flowers and vegetables themselves, according to National Geographic.

Though the remedies don't always work, there is no harm in trying them and, who knows, maybe some good will come from it.

Garlic shoved into the ground around the trunks of fruit trees or other plants puts off most climbing insects, such as Japanese beetles trying to get into raspberry bushes or grape vines.

Planting marigolds discourages nematodes and Japanese beetles from attacking strawberries, potatoes, roses and various bulbs, as well as rabbits from eating almost everything.

Nasturtimums clean insects from such vine crops as melons, squash and cucumbers. Geraniums stop Japanese beetles in their tracks.

Rue, a hardy perennial with bitter blue-green leaves, helps dispel many insects from all kinds of vegetables, flowers, shrubs and even trees. Tansy, a fern-like plant, repels Japanese beetles from raspberries, blackberries, grapes and other cane fruits.

Spearmint, peppermint, apple mint and lemon or orange mint, sometimes caller bergamont, keep insects pests away from cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Hot peppers, ground up and mixed with sticky detergent, can be painted on plants to give chewing insects a mouthful they don't want any more of.