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10 Plants for a Mozzie Free Yard!


I have allergies. Mozzies dont like me. I puff up like a balloon. Does this sound familiar? If you want to control mosquitoes and cut down or eliminate using dangerous poisons, chemicals or medications, look no further than nature to do do the work for you. As you choose which plants to use, consider putting them where you are more likely to hang out, such as doorways, near windows and near bbq's or your outdoor seating.

A lot of the plants do double duty, as they’re actually edible and can be used in culinary dishes such as lavender ice-cream or basil and garlic in your marinara sauce. Plus they look interesting and aren’t’ usually that hard to grow or take care of.


So here are my top 10 mozzie repellent plants.

BASIL


You can make your own natural mosquito repellent with dried basil very easily.

Simply steep a cup of dried basil in 1/2 cup of filtered boiling water, kind of like you would make tea. In fact you can use a metal tea ball to help make this a neater job. Add in a little basil essential oil and about 1/2 cup of some sort of rubbing alcohol that is safe for the skin. Rub it all over exposed skin.

CATNIP

There are some studies that show that catnip oil is better at repelling mosquitoes than harsh chemical insect repellents. If this is true, you should try it. You can buy already made catnip oil repellent or make your own catnip mosquito repellent, the same way as the basil above. It works on other types of pests too. 


CITRONELLA

This lemony plant is the most popular known plant to help keep mosquitoes away. We've been using citronella in Australia for years and you've likely seen citronella candles that work too, but why not just plant this pretty grass like a plant. You should plant it in large containers that can be easily protected during frost and place strategically around when guests are visiting. Heaps better than using chemical sprays.


GARLIC


The bulb of the garlic plant’s amino acid make up coverts to a substance called ALLICIN. Once you crush it, blend it or chop it. You can actually blend the bulbs with water and use it to water other plants and foliage (and humans) to help repel insects.

GERANIUM

Plant scented citronella geraniums help control mosquitos in pots to put around your patio and in areas that you and your guests might want to sit without being bothered by mosquitos. You can also crush the leaves and steep into lotions or all geranium essential oil to help the repellent work even better.

LAVENDER

Growing lavender is fun and has many uses including as a mosquito repellent and it’s a lot nicer plant to smell than some of the other options. If you don’t want to grow it, you can purchase lavender soaps, essential oils, and lotions to use as mosquito repellent.

LEMON BALM

This also smells a lot better than citronella or garlic and works well too. All you have to do is take the leaves and crush them and rub them on your body where skin will be exposed. How easy is that!

MARIGOLDS

Most people who grow vegetables tend to plant marigolds in between the veggies, and for good reason. These magical flowers help banish many types of insects including mosquitoes. Of course, the smell is usually not that pleasant to humans either, but they’re not hard to look at or grow.

PEPPERMINT


This delicious tasting and smelling plant is a great mosquito repellent. Bugs hate the smell and the flavor of them. You can either crush up the leaves and rub on skin or you can use an essential oil infused lotion. Thankfully, peppermint is easy to grow because you’ll want to use it for mosquito repellent, and for your mojitos.  We plant ours in a container because it can really spread out and overtake in your garden. 


ROSEMARY

You can boil a cup of fresh or dried rosemary in a litre of water for 20 minutes, then strain into another litre of water. Pour into individual spray bottles, to use when going outside where mosquitoes might be. Be sure to store unused portion in the fridge after use. On a hot day, this is bliss!


So there you have it. What will you be planting this weekend?


Until next time.... Happy Farming!