I am by no means saying that I am ready for the coming season again… but I am also going to say that I am a bit sick of being eaten alive by mosquitoes every time I am in my garden. Yes, I know that I can put some kind of insect repellant spray or some ointment on it, but all of that always smells very strong.
Fortunately, there are great plants that help clean the places of these pesky bloodsuckers naturally. While the benefits are greatly increased by crushing or crushing the leaves of these plants, simply having them around you makes them work as well.
All basil seems to keep away mosquitoes, but we found that cinnamon basil works best. Basil is another super-easy plant to grow. We put basil in all of our planters–right alongside our flowers. Right now, we have this basil, rose, and nasturtium planter on the deck, and we love it. This year we invested in some deck railing planters and planted herbs in them. We’ve seen a big decline in mosquitoes and hornets.
You’ve probably heard of citronella as an insect repellant in the form of citronella candles, bug sprays, etc. These products use all the powers of real citronella grass. Plant around your garden to help keep it free from pests, but don’t try to rub it directly on yourself – the concentrated oil can be very irritating to the skin.
Lemon balm is a cousin of mint and repels insects with its scent. It grows quickly and germinates every year, however, be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent it from becoming an invasive pest in your own garden.
You may have noticed a trend in this article: all of these plants smell amazing to humans, but mosquitoes seem to hate them. Brilliant! Lemon Thyme smells great and grows well in dry, sunny areas, ideal for garden pathways and rock gardens.
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