Grow a garden that repels bugs!

Grrr, I cannot tell you how often I was scratching going on at my house after doing just a short trip to the chicken coop or feed the animals, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!!! it was so aggravating and tiring. I did not even what to go into my own backyard.

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Well here are 10 common plants that will help repel bugs all around your homestead. There is also one surprise thing at the end that will do an amazing job all year around. Not just in the growing season, but all year round.

1. Petunias

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These plants are often planted to repel squash bugs, beetles, and aphids. They need a sunny spot, so try them near your vegetable garden or in some kind of container.

2. Basil

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There’s an oil in basil that kills mosquito eggs. Plant basil in pots near gathering areas to ward off flies and mosquitoes, and to use in pesto!

3. Marigolds

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These sun-loving plants are often used by farmers to keep pests at bay. They’ll help keep mosquitoes and aphids out of your yard.

4. Lavender


The same scent that ails our insomnia and smells amazing to us is absolutely disgusting to flies, moths, and mosquitoes. Plant it if you have a sunny garden, or keep a few bouquets around to ward off the pests.

5. Rosemary

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In addition to repelling mosquitoes, potent rosemary will help protect your vegetable plants from infestation.

6. Mint

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This pleasant-smelling plant (also lemon balm) helps repel biting insects. It’s best to plant mint in pots because it will spread like crazy. This herb also has many different medicinal uses. Read the herb profile.

7. Catnip

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Also a member of the mint family, catnip repels bugs thanks to its nepetalactone—the same property that attracts cats. So if you live where cats are plenteous you might want to try a few others first. Personal experience talking here:) Read the herb profile to learn its medicinal uses.

8. Chrysanthemums

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Pyrethrins, a compound that’s found in chrysanthemums and used in many commercial insect repellents, keeps mosquitoes, roaches, beetles, ticks, and silverfish away.

9. Alliums

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Chives, leeks, onions, garlic, scallions and shallots fall into this group. They grow tall with pretty purple, white or pink flowers and help protect other veggies (and your yard) against slugs, flies, and worms, although they can attract moths. Be warned that, like garlic and onions, allium plants can be extremely toxic to dogs and cats.

10. Lemongrass

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Citronella is the oil found in lemongrass (thus its slightly citrus-y scent). Lemongrass needs tons of sun, so most of us will have to enjoy it as an annual in the summer.

A bonus

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These guys are AMAZING at catching bugs. They are natural foragers and can, for the most part, find all the food they need if left to fend for themselves from the beginning.  When we first bought the property we could not be outside for more than 5 minutes and we would be swarmed by mosquitoes. We only have 2 ducks and are no longer driven back indoors for fear of needing a transfusion.

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