6 Natural Mosquito Repellents

Looking for a more natural and safer alternative to chemicals and costly bug sprays?  Well we have put together a list of SIX natural mosquito repellents and how to use them!  Most of these can be found in your own garden or here at Jamestown Feed & Seed.  read the full list below and try some natural neutralizers today!

  1. Marigolds:
    A bright, hardy annual plant, marigolds are a great choice for repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and they have a unique aroma which bugs find repulsive. The flowers themselves are beautiful and can make a great border or addition to any flower bed! Try placing them around borders of your home, and mosquitoes might not want to cross over!Top Tip: Companion plant marigolds with tomatoes. The insects hate them so much they’ll stay away from your beloved tomatoes.
     

  2. Garlic:
    One effective natural repellent that deserves to be tried is garlic. Depending on how much you enjoy garlic, you can take a garlic supplement (no-odor varieties are available), eat lots of foods with garlic (I’m thinking of a big loaf of fresh garlic bread along with a spaghetti dinner – including sauce made with basil and garlic). You can even rub a cut clove of garlic over your exposed skin; you should be able to ward off both mosquitoes and Dracula.
     

  3. Geraniums:
    This beautiful flowering plant is a great choice for mosquito repellent. When planted in a hanging container, the colorful blooms will cascade over the side of the pot, providing a beautiful visual piece as well as a very useful bug repellent!
     

  4. Rosemary Oil/Plants:
    The rosemary plant (Rosemaryinus officinalis) is effective in several forms on its own as a mosquito repellent. As a plant, it is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 9. Known for its flavor, it's also used for many culinary purposes. It flowers, has flavor and repels mosquitoes: what's not to love? It's suitable for growth in a garden bed or in a container if you wish to bring it indoors, and it enjoys full sun. For repellent purposes, the live plant, cuttings from the plant and rosemary essential oil are all effective at repelling mosquitoes.
    Rosemary Repellent Recipe:
    Cut the leaves and stems of catmint and rosemary, then place in a container and cover with a cup of boiling water. Steep for an hour, cool and use the herbal tea as a repellent spray.
     

  5. Tasha's Own Summer Solstice Soap (Sold here at Jamestown Feed & Seed)
    A natural blend of herbs and oils combine to create a safe and cleansing insect repellent.  Just wash and go! Click here to see our full selection of Tasha's Own Goat's Milk Soap

     

  6. Peppermint Oil/Plants:
    Most bugs despise the smell and taste of peppermint, so planting it around your home is a great way to keep them from dropping by uninvited! Plus, if you do happen to get bitten, peppermint leaves rubbed directly onto the skin make a great bite relief treatment! An added bonus is the wonderful minty smell that makes a delicious addition to food and beverages!

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6 Colorful Succulents for Indoor Decor

Do you have Spring Fever?  Don't despair, we have found a list of great colorful, low maintenance, and indoor friendly succulent plants.  These plants are so stylish and attractive you will want them in your home year round.  They can be moved outside during warmer months as well.  This list of 6 Easy to grow Indoor Succulents is provided by our friends at Espoma. 

6 EASY-TO-GROW INDOOR SUCCULENTS

February 14, 2017/in Indoor Gardening /

Succulents are a trendy decorative addition to any home. This diverse group of plants offers endless color variations, as well as low maintenance options for your indoor space. Most plants need a wet environment to survive, but succulents are able to store water for longer periods of time. This ability makes succulents practical to grow in the dry and warmer conditions typically found in the home.

Succulents are perfect plants for beginners. Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures, succulents have an enticing quality. Here are six succulents that are easy to grow indoors year-round.

6 Succulents to Add to Your Home

Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Jade Plant. Native to South Africa, the jade plant has thick stems and glossy green leaves. Keep jade in bright light and water when the soil feels dry. Be cautious, as jade is commonly killed by over watering.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera. This prickly plant has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The sap found on the inner leaves is used to heal wounds and soothe burns. Aloe Vera should be kept in full sunlight and should be watered when the leaves feel dry or brittle. Keep this medicinal plant by a bright kitchen window to enjoy its beauty every day.

Echeveria

Echeveria

Echeveria. This desert native comes in a variety of colors and does best in dry conditions. Echeveria should be watered only once it has dried out. Unglazed clay pots are the ideal growing condition for this succulent, as the clay allows water to evaporate. For optimal results, place echeveria in full sun and ensure the soil is well drained.

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant. This striking succulent gets its name from the horizontal stripes covering its leaves. Growing about 5” tall and 6”wide, the zebra plant is tidy, contained and a perfect addition to any small space. Zebra plant requires a moderate amount of sunlight and water.

Panda Plant

Panda Plant

Panda Plant. This plant is characterized by little white hairs, giving it a fuzzy texture. A Madagascar native, panda plant loves the dry, winter air in heated homes. Water as necessary, but just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.

Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns. Add a splash of color to your room with this beautiful plant. With enough sunlight, it can bloom year-round producing red or yellow bracts surrounding its tiny flowers. Crown of Thorns has low to moderate watering needs and should be placed in direct sun for best bloom results.

Ready to start your own succulent collection? Watch this video on growing succulents!

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