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– Mosquito busting plants

As promised on the Blue Bee Garden Design facebook page for those of you like me who are juicy mosquito magnets here’s a list of common plants with mosquito repellent properties. For the rest of you gloating that you never get a nibble while we are around keep wearing those shorts, the wind always changes…

These are five common plants that nurseries should have in stock so give it a go.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – for us its scent is beautiful soft and soothing, for mosquitos its like a slap in face. So dab on some of that lavender oil before going out at night.

Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) –– no this isn’t the one that sends our furry friends loopy. It contains nepetalactone an active ingredient that sends the pasts flying. Yes it’s also in Catnip (Nepeta cataria). Unfortunately if your cat is anything like mine there will be nothing left after its crushed. Still boil some leaves in water use as a spray and off you go.

Garlic (Allium sativum) – it’s not just for pizzas. The whole plant is unpopular with pests. I remember planting it around potato plants and while they got munched to death the garlic was untouched. Put some cloves around your house or mix with water into a spray though you may find yourself  craving a good capricciosa.

Pelargoniums otherwise known as geraniums have a range of powerful scents to choose from.  Lemon scented geranium (Pelargonium crispum) has a lovely lemony fragrance and its handsome in vases around the house, there’s a rose scented variety too.

Using naturally occurring plants as part of your pest control arsenal means that’s one less chemical or pesticide floating around in our environment – so give it a go.