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Ah, summertime! It’s a great time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunshine! Until you – smack – end up – smack – getting – smack – eaten alive by – smack – mosquitoes! They definitely know how to ruin a good time. Don’t they? I hate bug sprays. I mean, hate! They make me cough, they smell disgusting, and they’re not really all that great for you either. I mean, butane and propane are just a couple of the ingredients in a can of bug spray. Come on! It’s pretty nasty stuff that doesn’t always seem to get the job done anyway! So instead, I’ve been turning to plants to try and keep the pests away while we’re hanging outside.
A few months ago, during one of our many trips to Home Depot, my husband and I bought a really large pot to transplant one of our indoor plants. It didn’t work out for the space we had intended for it. So it had been sitting in our basement. We went back and forth with what to use it for and finally decided – after my husband mentioned something about lemongrass – to make a mosquito repellent container garden. So I did some research on mosquito repelling plants and took a trip to a local greenhouse to buy some plants.
Lemongrass isn’t just a fragrant plant used in Asian cooking. When planted outside, it can keep mosquitoes away. We grew lemongrass in its own pot a few years ago and its spiky leaves looked really cool as it filled out!
Citronella is one of many scented geraniums that are available. The citrus scent repels mosquitos and if you crush the leaves, you can rub it on your skin to make a natural bug repellent.
Lemon Thyme is really awesome, in general, to keep in your herb garden. It’s great to use in dishes, but it also can be used as a mosquito repellent. Do you sense a trend with the fragrances that mosquitoes hate? Anything in the citrus family seems to be a win!
Catnip is an herb that’s entirely new to my garden! But after reading up on it, it’s a pretty decent herb for pets and humans. Hey ladies! You can totally use it in a tea to help menstrual cramps. That alone makes me happy to have it in my garden! But knowing it might help repel mosquitoes definitely makes me happy, too!
My Mom always has marigolds in her garden. She taught me years ago that they keep pests from disturbing your plants. But apparently these stinky, little flowers keep the mosquitoes away, too! Plus, their fiery blooms add a nice pop of color to the garden!
- 20″ wide outdoor pot
- Potting soil
- Weed barrier fabric
- Lemon Thyme
- If your pot doesn’t have drainage holes in it, get your sexy husband to drill some holes in the bottom of the pot for you.
- Next, cut a piece of weed barrier fabric to line the bottom of the pot. This will help keep the dirt in the pot and not all over your deck!
- Add some rocks on top of the fabric to help with drainage.
- Then, add a sufficient amount of potting soil. You’ll need about one large bag of soil to fill a 20″ pot.
- Begin arranging your plants and adding them to the soil. Make sure they have some room to grow.
- Give your new planter plenty of water and sunshine while you, hopefully, keep the mosquitoes away!
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