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Mosquito Repellent Herbs for your Vertical Planter

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There's nothing like being back outside in the summer after a long winter's hibernation.

Fresh air, sunny days ~ warm nights with the sound of crickets filling the air.

With all that wonderfulness comes the ever present Mosquito.

Yes, they are annoying. Though they supply the eco system of bats and birds food it's unfortunate

that we become a feeding ground too. After hearing all the negative reviews on repellants you certainly don't want to 

have to cover yourself  with those oils and sprays. Assuming that we follow the guidelines to eliminate any

possible causes that attract those little pests what else can one do to create a line of defense in a less chemical

way?

First we need to know what attracts them. Unfortunately the biggest draw to those little buggers is our body scent 

and the steady output of carbon monoxide. They find us easily because we exhale so short of not breathing we will be a

prime target. Alternately there are certain scents they dislike and find too strong. So the solution would be to try 

and put those strong scents between us and them. Such fragrances stem from herbs that are less toxic, can be used in 

cooking and teas and are readily available at garden centers and stores. Fortunately for us we find them appealing even 

relaxing which enables our own body scent to be masked and keep those little nuisances at bay. 


So the questions remain:

> Which ones to use?

> How to plant them?


Provided is a short list of herbs you can use and can be planted easily outdoors.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products. Known to be very good at keeping biting insects away. Can be very invasive so plant in container.

Catnip

Catnip plants enjoy sun and are drought tolerant-ground cover making them good candidates for sunny, dry areas where many other flowers would struggle. The oil extracted from catnip plants is even used in natural repentant.  Store dried leaves and flowers in freezer bags to preserve the potency of the oil.



Basil

Basil plants can repel insect pests in your garden, or you can crush or burn the leaves for a more powerful punch of bug repellent on the patio. Basil's strong odor deters some, but not all insects, it is toxic to mosquito larvae and the plant won't harm beneficial insects in your garden. Is a great herb for cooking a well.


Lavender

This pretty little flower can repel mosquitoes as well as moths and flies. A recognizable scent, it might not be the strongest alone but combined with other herbal mixture can be very effective. Can be applied directly to skin but be mindful if you are sensitive to skin applications.


Peppermint

Mints are perennial herbs with squared, four-sided stems with opposite leaves and small lipped flowers. All parts of the plants are pungent. Most mints are rampant spreaders, forming a thick mat of spreading stolons (creeping underground stems) just under the surface .All mints prefer a cool, moist spot in partial shade but will also grow in full sun. Corsican mint is an attractive creeper. Does well in teas and crushed between your hands and applied to the skin makes it a stronger repellent. 


                  

Sage & Rosemary

If you’re planning to gather around a fire, try burning a little sage or rosemary. The incense these plants give off when they burn not only smells good but is unpleasant enough to the little buggers that it'll keep them away—providing you remain near the smoke. Also great in all forms of cooking.



All in all planting herbs can be as simple as a standard container pot on the ground. But if you ar looking for something that would add a more decorator feel try vertical planting . By planting your herbs vertically you can bring them eye level to add a beautiful focal point to your outdoors. Easy to care for and out of reach from our precious pets or varmints this can be the perfect solution we all are looking for. So next time you reach to light another chemical ridden, nasty, scented mosquito repellent candle consider going vertical naturally with herbs that better for you all around.



 

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