4 REASONS TO GROW MINT

Mint Attracts Beneficial Insects (& Repels the Bad Ones)

Let your mint go to flower and it will attract bees, beneficial wasps, hoverflies (aphid eaters), and tachinid flies (parasitic on nasty bugs).

The smell of the mint plant will also repel houseflies, cabbage moths, ants, aphids, squash bugs, fleas, mosquitoes, and even mice.  Not a bad deal, if you ask me!

Mint is Good for Your Pets

Chickens love fresh herbs and mint is no exception.  The best part is that it’s also great for them and their coop.  It keeps bugs, flies, and parasites at bay, as well as being an antioxidant and digestive aid for your flock.

Be sure to plant lots of mint (as well as other herbs) in and around the coop and run for chickens to nibble on daily.

cosmo mint

Mint is also great for cats and dogs.  Catnip is actually in the mint family and is a favorite herb for kitties as well as humans.

While cats and dogs probably shouldn’t eat a whole lot of mint in one sitting, a little bit is great for them.  It is a natural flea repellent, and I often see Cosmo the kitty rubbing up against the mint plant.

Mint is Good Food

Of course, mint is an awesome culinary herb!  Cut it from the garden without abandon to make all kinds of delicious treats.  I particularly like to make tea with it, hot or iced!

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Turn it into mint pesto or add it to your favorite homemade cookies, brownies, or this decadent sounding fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting.

Get creative and make mint infused honey, a gallon of mint wine, or chocolate mint extract.

This rhubarb mint jam sounds delicious, so does this traditional mint sauce for lamb. You can also just simply chop it up and add to salads or use it as a garnish.

Have a mint julep or mojito party, you deserve it!

Mint is Good Medicine

Mint is also an amazing medicinal herb.  It is well known as a digestive aid and breath freshener and is also good for an upset stomach.

Peppermint is especially great for headaches, and the essential oil can be rubbed on the temples for relief.  It can be helpful for seasonal allergies, and can also be added to body care products like salves and lip balms, soaps, shampoo bars, and lotions.

8 Amazing Plants That’ll Repel Mosquitoes (And Other Pests!)

It’s almost summer which means mosquitoes will be coming out soon. And even when it’s not the warm season, some places can still get them year round, and any type of repellent will do.

But you don’t have to spray on toxic mosquito repellent to keep them away. In fact, there are plants that you can grow inside and out to make sure you don’t get bitten. And many of these plants produce essential oils, which means you can keep them repelled wherever you go.

So check out these low maintenance plants and start growing!



Citronella

Whether you’re using citronella candles, growing it in a pot, or making it a part of a centerpiece, this plant is definitely a great way to keep the mosquitoes away.

Lavender

Lavender is one of my favorites and is definitely a great way to repel mosquitoes. You can plant this around your entryways or put the lavender essential oil on for any nightly walk.

Rosemary

Mosquitoes are out in full force during summer, but thankfully rosemary can stand the heat. In fact, it prefers it.

And on a random note, I love growing rosemary since it’s so convenient just to grab a few sprigs and throw them into a pan of fried potatoes.

Lemongrass

Being related to citronella, lemongrass can look similar, but it’s actually edible! It can grow pretty tall which can make for a great garden design when planned out.

Mint

I love the fact that so many of these mosquito repellent plants can be put into recipes. And with that note, feel free to grow some mint, put it in some ice tea, and relax on your back porch. Because you know… if you’re growing mint outside, no mosquitoes are going to be bothering you as you chill.

Basil

Now I like this one since it repels mosquitoes and houseflies. Feel free to grow it in a pot inside as well so you can break a few sprigs off every once in awhile for cooking.

Catnip

Catnip contains a strong repellent called nepetalactone, and that makes it a lot stronger than other types of mosquito repellent. So definitely try this one out in your yard.

Petunias

Repelling many different types of bugs, you won’t have any trouble with mosquitoes all summer long if this one’s in your yard and house. Not to mention they’re beautiful, so they make a great centerpiece.

Herb Garden Care

Most herb gardens are fairly easy to tend to. In fact, more herbs can live on about an inch of
water per week. If your herbs are in a bed or a container, you will need to give them more water
than this as they tend to dry out faster.
Another thing to always be on the lookout for are insects. Although the beautiful smells that
herbs give off will usually repel any pests, they can still get attacked by insects such as aphids.
A common herb disease is powdery mildew which you should always be on the lookout for.
And finally, when it comes to herb garden care, make sure your kids know not to trample on
your garden. More importantly, make sure your dog, cat or other pets know that the herb garden
is off limits for eating, digging, urinating and any other doggy behavior.

What is needed for Herb Growth?

The first thing you need for successful herb growth is moderately rich soil with excellent
drainage. If you find that your soil does not have this, you might consider growing the hers in a
raised bed or containers.
Next, you will need the perfect planting position. This all comes down to your needs. What will
your herb garden be used for? If you plan of using the herbs for cooking purposes (and why
wouldn’t you), then consider planting your herb garden near the house, or at least within picking
distance. You do not want to have to trample through flowers in order to reach the chives.
Herbs prefer the sun so it’s important to also plant them somewhere where they will get sun for
at least six hours a day. The herbs that can handle shade include chives, cilantro, dill and mint;
however, most other herbs are sun lovers.

Herb Garden Care: Types, Tricks and Tips for Success

Looking for a fresh way to save on herbs, to spruce up your meals and to glorify your garden?
Why not add some herbs to your gardening mixture?
Types of Herbs for Herb Gardens
There are a variety of different herbs that are easy to grow at home and also helpful for
everyday household cooking and ailment cures. Herbs, like plants, are usually classified into
three different categories:
· Perennials- live for several years. These include catnip, chives, lavender, lemon, mint,
oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme.
· Annuals- grow for one season and must be planted each spring again. These include
bail, chamomile, cilantro, cumin, dill, fennel plus many more.
· Biennial- grows for two years and end at must be planted after the end of the second
season. This includes parsley.