Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Summer is here and I love sitting on my patio

Unfortnately the mosquitoes also like to hang out there waiting for a sniff of co2 from me. I believe that is what attracts them and as I can’t stop breathing I have to find another way.

So as all good internet users I ‘Googled” it and bingo tons of help.
I grabbed my Mama (she’s the real gardener in the family) and off to the nursery we went to buy:

7 Plants That Repel InsectsCitronella a beautiful clumping grass that smells strongly an so keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to me!!  It’s easy to grow, but it can be very tall 5 or 6 feet high! Best grow citronella in pots.

7 Plants That Repel Insects

Lemon Balm is very hardy plant, it resists drought, and it grows well even in shade. Great I often forget to water 😦
An added bonus, I can make a delicious herbal tea!

7 Plants That Repel Insects

 

Catnip is a great mosquito deterrent and best off it’s very easy to grow.
11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, that bugs find repulsive. but the flowers are pretty in my flower bed!

 

11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

 

Basil! Who knew that my favourite culinary herb is also a mosquito repellent!
11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

I love lavender and have it now in a nice sunny spot not too far from my sitting area. But did you know that it makes a delicious herbal tea, and when indoors, fills a home with a calming aroma? Added bonus!

11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

 

Bugs hate the smell and taste of peppermint, Fine by me I love both.

11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Make sure to add some garlic to your flower bed or vegetable garden for added protection! Again multi purpose plant

 

11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
And another is Rosemary it even attracts butterflies!
Snip a few springs off add extra flavour to your lamb or steak!

 

11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Finally, one of my favourite plants has got to be Geranium a beautiful flower as well as a very useful bug repellent!

 

So now my garden is planted out, looking and smelling fantastic! Now I’m putting them all to the test as the mosquitoes try to take me away!! But at least I shouldn’t need that asphyxiating bug spray any more!

I’m going ‘au natural’, till the next time!
www.flipping2retirement.net

 

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