I mentioned in my first container garden update that I would do a separate post detailing the plants I have in the pot I deemed my ‘Mosquito Planter’. While we don’t get a ton of mosquitoes, we do live by a creek (damp) so we do see them around and they are not my favourite bug to live with. In one of my Pinterest escapades, I discovered that I could create a container full of plants that mosquitoes don’t like. Namely plants of the citrus scented variety.
Not only does the scent of the plants keep mosquitoes at bay, I can even tear off a leaf and rub it on my skin if I’m finding they’re getting too close. I may even bring a leaf or two along on any hikes we might be doing!
Here’s what I put in the pot:
- Citronella Geranium (I would use these leaves on my skin)
- Marigold ‘Lemon Gem’
- Lemon Thyme (can be used in cooking too!)
- Gazanias (only because I had extra from another flower pot)
I was looking for lemon grass but I couldn’t find any before I got tired of diving to all our local nurseries.
I’m excited to see how this works as the summer goes on. I hope it fills out nicely and that pretty flowers appear!
Have you ever done something like this? Did it help ward off the mosquitoes?