Within seconds of leaving my front door, I am covered in tiny blood-sucking insects. My mosquito bite-covered legs will stand for this no more. I have done my research and found some ways to enjoy my summer while reducing this infestation- Gardening! Whether you want to grow plants from seeds or buy them at the store, there are many natural ways to keep bugs away from your family, garden, and pets.
An increasing number of studies are concluding negative health effects result from insecticides, especially in children. Also, I don’t enjoy smelling like a chemical plant and feeling like a piece of chewed up gum. While spraying chemical pesticides on your garden may not seem as uncomfortable to you, it can actually kill many of the bugs that you love, like lady bugs, bees, and butterflies.
I have been searching for remedies to the previously mentioned concerns, and I have found the goods. The first of the secret weapons is Lavender. Lavender repels mosquitoes and encourages butterflies. You can also splash on some lavender oil to use as a mosquito repellant and a perfume too! That’s all any woman wants, isn’t it?
The second secret weapon, garlic, deters more than just vampires. While not very many people would be willing to douse themselves in garlic on a daily basis, it seems to work wonders in the garden. Garlic has proved successful in frightening those pests out of the vegetable gardens and rose bushes. If all else fails, then you can cook up some tasty fresh spaghetti with it.
Finally, I will soon fill my garden at home with marigolds, a cute little flower that also repels those mosquitoes. Marigolds have a dual use of fashion and function.
Many other creative and easy recipes can be found here. Other key ingredients vary from chili peppers and rubbing alcohol to cheap household soap.
Ever wonder how the Zoo plants look so good? The Zoo Horticulture Team focuses on making the soil “happy.” They use totally organic products, such as leaf mold fertilizers, compost tea, and a vinegar solution instead of Round-Up.
Now, Put that green thumb to work!
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