Summer has finally arrived and with it’s arrival the proliferation of the blood-sucking and possible disease-carrying garden foe: the mosquito. In my home garden, I typically place several types of plants to deter mosquitoes. Typically, I either plant them in masses or dry leaves such as sage or rosemary to burn during outdoor gatherings. I also crush fresh leaves from my citronella grass, lemon thyme and lemon balm plants in my hands to release the oils and rub them on my skin instead of using chemical mosquito repellents (if you have skin allergies or sensitivity, I would not recommend this method).
The following plants are well known repellents for any home gardener to keep mosquitoes at bay:
Basil – Usually grown in many gardens, the lemon and lime varieties are my favorites.
Catnip – This useful herb is also a favorite of cats and makes a tasty herbal iced tea.
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