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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 Related:  gardening

My Tiny Plot Try No Dig Gardening for Your Backyard Vegetables No-Dig Gardening is such a brilliant form of home-based agriculture I was convinced the TreeHugger archives would be rich with its merits. Was very surprised when I only found one mention, in a post chronicling Leonora's permaculture adventures in New Zealand. So I launched into the following first-person account of No-Dig, only to discover that in North America the same process might be better known as as Sheet Mulching. Nomenclature aside, it's worth covering the topic again. American home gardener, Ruth Stout, put out a book in 1971, called the No-Work Garden Book, which echoed Fukuoka’s decades of natural farming. In the Antipodes we had Esther Dean, who released her own book Growing Without Digging in 1977, seeding a small cult following of No Dig gardeners. All would champion the idea that soil quality will dramatically improve if left undisturbed by cultivating, tilling, plowing, digging etc. So How Does it Work in Practice? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

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

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 Growing Your Own Garlic - Planting Growing Harvesting and Storing Garlic As far as I'm concerned, garlic gets the blue ribbon for growing your own. It's absurdly easy to plant and care for; it tastes great; it looks beautiful and it takes up so little ground that even those with very small gardens can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. All you have to do is choose the right varieties; plant at the right time, in the right soil; then harvest when just right and store correctly. 1. Choosing Types of Garlic If you look in a specialist catalog like the one at Gourmet Garlic Gardens, you'll find dozens of varieties of garlic listed. You see where this is going – and you can see a lot more types of garlic on either of those websites, but for general purposes the most important difference is the one between softneck and hardneck. Softnecks are so called because the whole green plant dies down to pliancy, leaving nothing but the bulb and flexible stems that are easy to braid. Gardeners in most of the U.S. can try some of both. 2.

Homegrown Evolution 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

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?