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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 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 What your weeds can tell you about your soil What do you do when you see a weed in the garden? Jump in and frantically hack away with a hoe? Throw up your hands in despair? Yes, learn something! Here are the most reliable weedy indicators and what they reveal about your soil. Photo: (cc) Howard Dickins/Flickr Homegrown Evolution Tips for Controlling Weeds in Your Yard | Danny Lipford Tips for Controlling Weeds in Your Yard By: Danny Lipford Weeds are a problem in every yard. Planting grass that’s suitable for your climate and yard.Providing good topsoil with the right pH and nutrients.Making sure your lawn receives the correct amount of water.Mowing your lawn to the proper height for your type of grass. The type of weeds you have can give clues as to what you need to do to improve your lawn. When pulling weeds, try to get all the roots so the weeds can’t grow back. Watch this video to find out more. Further Information Please Leave a Comment We want to hear from you! Danny Lipford: Now, I’ll tell you my friend has some challenges here. Julie Day-Jones: That’s right. In small numbers, your best bet is to dig or pull them by hand making sure you get all the roots.

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

Best Shade-Tolerant Vegetables - Organic Gardening Even in shady conditions, you can bask in great garden harvests if you choose the right crops and make a few easy adjustments. By Colleen Vanderlinden When considering which crops to grow in shady areas, think of them in terms of leaves and roots. Crops we grow for their leaves (kale, lettuce, spinach) and those we grow for their roots (beets, carrots, turnips) will do fairly well in partially shady conditions. To learn more about how to grow crops in shady gardens, check out Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade. The estimates in this chart are based on the experiences of the author and the experts mentioned in Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade.

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?