Grow Your own Pest Repellents
Growing your own pest repellents is a wonderful way to grow your gardening hobby by allowing you the opportunity to grow new plants as well as protect your existing plants from pests naturally. Growing pest repellent plants are easy and fun and can be grown for any garden no matter the size.
To start, determine what pests you have. Specific plants will repel specific pests. For instance, wormwood, which is a beautiful, silver leafed, bushy plant will repel moths, slugs and flies, but does nothing against caterpillars, butterflies, snails, or larger pests like deer, skunks, or your neighborhood cats!
Rue is a fantastic deterrent for cats as well as fleas and Japanese Beetles. Lavender, especially Cotton Lavender, repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Mint is a very effective deterrent for mice and rats, as well asflies, fleas, and ants. Catnip is a great defense against mosquitoes, though you will probably attract a bunch of cats! If catnip isn’t a good solution for your mosquito problem because of cats, then try lemongrass, which smells very much like citronella. Basil works well against flies and mosquito, making it a great addition to your patio and grilling areas.
The next step is to design your garden. It should be both attractive and functional in that it should be easy to harvest the herbs for use. You should choose the largest space possible to allow for maximum growth. Each plant will have different sunlight, water, and nutrient requirements, so try to group plants together that have similar needs. And don’t forget to take into account the proximity of the herb garden to your outdoor entertainment areas!
There are numerous ways to use the plants to get the best pest repellent results. These are just a few suggestions, but this list is not exhaustive:
o Harvest, dry and use lavender in sachets..
o Harvest, dry and place in netting, hanging in areas where flying pests are problematic.
o Place flowerpots with live plants in doorways to prevent pests from entering the home, such as flies and mice. Place flowerpots in any areas where mice might be tempted to come in.
o Plant rue in gardens where cats are frquenting, but be careful. Some plants do not play well with rue, such as basil.
o Make water-based sprays – follow a suitable recipe.
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