The Garden 1- Mosquito Repellent Plants

Citronella

 Citronella is a common ingredient found in most repellents and it’s strong smell is what keeps the mosquitoes away. You can easily plant it in a pot and place it throughout your garden. 

Basil

 Basil is another plant that mosquitoes tend to stay away from because of its pungent smell. There are also essential oils found in basil that help in keeping the insects away. Not only should you plant this for a mosquito-free home, but you can also use this herb for cooking. 

Catnip

 If you have a cat, he/she will thank you for this one. The chemical called nepetalactone, which is found in catnip, is a great repeller for insects. 

Peppermint

 Peppermint has a great smell and is another natural mosquito repellent. Peppermint oil actually kills mosquito larvae. You can even crush peppermint leaves and spread them around your garden if you don’t want to grow an entire plant. 

Lavender

 

Mosquitoes dislike lavender, mainly because of the flower’s soothing properties, including the smell.

Lemon Balm

The scent of lemon balm is what will drive the mosquitoes away. It also attracts a whole lot of pollinators (bees) which are perfect for a healthy garden, and this further repels mosquitoes. 

The Garden 2

Spring Planting your Perennial Herbs


 Eight Herbs for Your Perennial Herb Garden

  • Which Herbs Will I Choose? Perennial herb gardens will give you an inexpensive and fresh supply of many herbs. Just think, you'll have mint for your teas all year long, fresh or dried. 
  • Oregano. 
  • Mint
  • Thyme. 
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • French Tarragon
  • Basil, etc...

I found this video courtesy of Nicole Hart very useful ... Happy Planting !!


INDOOR Herb Garden made easy


This young lady is so much fun to watch as she makes everything look so simple with some great decorative pot ideas ...

Another great beginners video . As long as you have southern facing windows, you can have a great garden !!


How to grow Outdoor Fruit Trees in a Container


This is a very good video by Ross Raddi but lengthy, He is a Passionate Grower and a little long winded but knows his stuff. Warning: he drops the s#*%* word a few times but if you don't mind that ... this is a great video.

Find your Fruit Tree Gowing Zone

and choose the trees best suited for your area. Always use an Eco Friendly fertilizer and insecticide ... the main purpose of growing your own organic fruits and veggies is be able to eat healthy foods that are "free" of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. 

How to grow your herb garden using seeds.

This is another great video for beginners. It shows you how to start with both seeds & starter plants

Solutions to the top 6 struggles growing herbs Indoors 

This is a great video I've used to solve planting struggles indoors (light, water, drainage, soil, temperature, fertilizing & insects.) 

The 9 herbs you can grow indoors with only water.

You may decide you only want to grow 1-3 types of herbs for cooking and this is a great way to do it on a budget. I tried it with thyme and it worked but I needed more than it could produce . I use it a lot! .. and you can find inexpensive nice jars at the dollar store, Salvation Army store or your local thrift shop....

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