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Plants That Stop — Even Eat — Mosquitoes

Plants That Stop — Even Eat — Mosquitoes
While I’m still gathering feedback on DEET -free repellents I thought you’d appreciate some information on plants that may help keep mosquitoes where they belong–far, far away from you. (Note: the leaves of the following must be crushed to release the aroma. Otherwise mosquitoes can’t smell them): Photo: NellsWiki Horsemint has a scent similar to citronella and grows wild in most of the Eastern United States, from Mexico, Texas up to Minnesota to Vermont. It is partial to sandy soils and will grow in USDA Zones 5-10. Photo: D. If you’re a gardener who disrupts swarms of mosquitoes every time you step foot into your garden, try incorporating some of these plants/herbs: • Citronella • Rosemary (crush this and rub on your skin for protection outside of the garden, too) • Lemongrass • Lemon Thyme • Lavender (questionable) • Basil • Thyme • Penny royal garlic • Rue Photo: Michal Rubeš Have a water garden? About the Author. digg

My Tiny Plot 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | Eartheasy Blog - StumbleUpon It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. ‘No-till’ gardening is a series of methods in which the soil is never disturbed, thereby protecting the complex subsoil environment for the benefit of growing plants. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. By switching to ‘no-till’ methods, you won’t have to do the heavy tilling or shovel work which so many gardeners suffer through each spring. 2. 3. Displaces weeds. 4.

You Grow Girl™ - Gardening for the People Homegrown Evolution Sussex Life Gardening | Great British Life Sussex Life Gardening Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:31 AM Nigel and Trixie Hall have achieved wonders in a small garden at their home in Worthing. An Oasis of Green Vistors to this serene town garden are surprised to learn that the natural-looking contoured landscape is actually man-made. Amateur watercolourist, Nigel, sees the garden as an art form with the structure and plants as his canvas. Shrubs form the backbone to plantings of bulbs, annuals and perennials. It is intriguing that so many different views have been created, both from inside the house looking out to different vignettes, as you wander the figure-eight configuration of pathways or take time to pause and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Hydrangea popular deciduous shrubsgrown for large showy flowerheadsflat or domed clusters of flowers midsummer Growing notes Lazy Daze With full-blown blowsy summer time, take a break and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Summers bounty Thirsty visitors

How To Make TP Roll Seed Pots Guys! Spring is almost here! In Portland I dare say it’s even come early, bringing the daffodils springing from every sidewalk crack and kissing the tree tops in blush pink buds. And it also means we’re coming up quick on planting season. Last year I offered a green alternative to plastic seed pots, with a recycled newspaper version. And once again, it’s just so easy. Begin with your TP roll. Cut! It’ll look like this. Fold down the tabs to make a nice flat bottom. When you’re ready to transplant, just unfold the bottom tabs and then cut the cardboard away. Don’t you love how the green DIY method is also always the most efficient, most practical method?

Plantbombing, Yarn Bombing With Plants « the BUZZCUTT In what may be the sweetest collaboration for a couple ever, urban knitter Heather Powazek Champ came up with a project that combines her love of knitting with her husband’s love of plants. Heather knits adorable little plant pockets and her husband, Derek Powazek, fills them with soil and live plants. They then distribute them around their homebase of San Francisco in a project they call Plantbombing, which is basically a grown up version of yarn bombing and seed bombing. Plant-wise, the trick is to plant them with things that are hardy enough to thrive in neglect. So in these photos you can see an Echeveria and an Aeonium – two plants that do quite well unattended in our climate.The acrylic thread should pick up water from rain and fog, but there’s so little soil in them, I’m not worried about rot.

The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. After you’ve emptied and cleaned your cans, remove the bottom of the can with a can opener. Slide the bottom inside the can, holding it up from inside. Happy growing!