Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Easy Update: Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie

Playing outside and outdoor entertaining is one of the great joys of spring and summer. Until, of course, the bugs invade. In place of spray and pesticides, try a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants. Grouped together near a seating area on your deck or patio, they make a pretty and lush addition to your outdoor landscape while also protecting you and your guests. Check out One Kings Lane's article Easy Update: Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie for more information about how a trio of lush potted plants will have you saying good-bye to bug spray.

We are lucky to have a lush backyard at our new place but I hardly let the kids go out there because they come back with mosquito bites larger than a silver dollar.  Avinash is in the habit of counting his bug bites to keep track.  That is totally something I used to do when I visited India during the summer.  Crazy to think he is getting as many bug bites here as I would there in the actual tropics.  He does have really smelly feet which bugs love. 

I really hate spraying them down with chemicals so I will definitely be trying this, especially since our planters are still empty and it is still not too late to start tomatoes down here!  I wonder if all the neighborhood cats will visit if I plant catnip?

This is as far as we ever get.  Two kids in a tiny bucket. Also, note all the lovely empty planters behind them!

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  1. we've had lots of rain here & hot, humid weather & the mosquitoes are ruthless. pretty plants and never knew there were plants that repel mosquitoes. will have to look into that.

  2. I hate mosquitoes. I am interested to she how your plants are doing at keeping the bugs at bay.

  3. I need to do this. I can't step out the front door without getting at least 10 bites. It's awful.


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