A couple of weeks ago , my herbs looked awful. Bugs were eating the basil and sages , everything except the rosemary. I've had a couple of spiders move in and rescue my herbs. The bottom photos shows a garden spider near the basil , you can barely see the other spider that's near the sages ( top photo ) , but it is casting a shadow you can see. You can click on photos to enlarge for a better view.
I thought this was a great example of nature doing what it's suppose to do aka permaculture , if we allow it to happen. My herbs look great again , the rain and the insect eating spiders have done a great job. Wish I had a before and after photo of how bad the basil and sage looked , the difference is amazing. Spiders get a bad rap , because they're really beneficial. I'm not a spider or snake lover , but I respect the job they do for us.
I think rosemary would probably make a great insect repellent , may try an infusion to experiment with. Anyone ever tried rosemary for insect repellent , the bugs don't seem to like it ?
~ Green Blessings ~