NOW IS THE TIME to Plant with Intention!
If you are like me you are loving the sunshine and warmth of the Summer. I am busily planting annuals and perennials that survive our somewhat harsh winters.
I am checking my list twice while I am also considering our friend (not so)
state bird – “The Mosquito”
As I am planting annuals and perennials there are some “must have’s to plant” or even have in a pot on the patio or deck. I wanted to share my list.
Plants that mosquitos do not like:
Annuals – We are zone 4 so some may come back next year but don’t count on it.
- Citronella – yes the plant grass / easy to grow and can be 5-6 feet tall
- Lemon Balm – dried leaves also makes great tea.
- Marigolds – Also as a border is a rabbit deterrent.
- Basil – Great for cooking. Also, try lemon basil and cinnamon basil (awesome in eggs)
Perennials – Should come back yearly
- Catnip – I will avoid as my cat may not. It is very pretty.
- Lavender – Is zone 4 but I have lost both of mine.
- Peppermint – Also leaves can be rubbed directly on the skin to make a great bite relief treatment. I planted some by my house because mice to not like it but I do as a tea. Some people have found this to be invasive to be cautious of it spreading. Great for a larger area or fence line.
- Garlic – eating it will not but putting it in your garden or flower beds will repeal mosquitos.
You can save the fall harvest in a cool dark place for great fall & winter sauces.