A fun blog that I found at KeenforGreen.com about mosquitos. Plants can act better than off. Another great gardening tip for East Contra Costa, Marin, Alameda provided by CKMS.
Anyone who lives somewhere with hot, muggy summers knows how mosquitoes can ruin an otherwise lovely hot summer evening. How many times have you been sitting in the backyard swatting and scratching because of those pesky skeeters?
Sure, you can slather on the OFF! with all that lovely DEET. Or you can strategically position citronella candles around yourself.
OR you can plant some things that repel mosquitoes naturally!
My favorite? Basil. I love basil anyway, so finding out it keeps mosquitoes away made me enthusiastic to plant some. So, plant some basil, repel some mosquitoes, and then make some pesto. Yum!
Another choice is catnip. Just beware, your backyard might become the hang out for all the neighborhood kitties. But the good thing about catnip is that you can give it to your cat or you can make tea out of it for yourself.
Another tasty one is rosemary. Mmm…rosemary!! Rosemary is a tropical plant, so keep it potted and store it in your kitchen in the winter.
And lastly, marigolds. Marigolds are great little flowers. They keep all sorts of pests away. They’ll keep bugs out of your veggie garden, too. I planted them all over my garden this year!
Still getting eaten alive and wary of the DEET? Read the Mother Earth News recipe for homemade mosquito repellent.
Please feel free to add any other non-toxic tips for keeping those pests far, far away from your skin!
Originally posted at KeenforGreen.com.