If you enjoy working in your yard and garden then you have come to the right place.I share with you tips on growing flowers and herbs, designing specialty gardens, and ideas on ways to improve your curb appeal, Also product reviews and recommendations.
Grow a natural mosquito repellent plants in containers and
prevent bites.The citronella mosquito plant
is a genetically engineered geranium hybrid. The entire plant repels mosquitoes
with its citronella lemony scent.
amazon Citronella Mosquito Plant
Buy the plant from your local nursery of find it online at
amazon.com.I purchased my plants from
amazon and planted a few geraniums in containers and one in the ground by my
The foliage of the plant is
eye appealing and the scent of the leaves is that of a lemon.I recommend that you grow a few plants in
containers and set them close to your outdoor living space.
Choose a plant container that has drainage holes.Fill the containers with miracle grow to 8
inches set the plant in the pot and then fill the rest of the container with
soil.Water after you plant and set in a
sunny to part sun area.It is best to keep the soil evenly moist but not wet.Wet roots will cause the plant to die.
The mosquito plant will put out many leaves and these leaves
emit the oil and the fragrance that repels the mosquitoes.This is a natural method for repelling
Another way to prevent repel mosquito’s is to break off a
leaf, give it a good shake so the oil is realized and then rub the leaves onto
your exposed skin.
If you are like me and are mosquito magnet, then I would
recommend that you plant more than one plant. Put a few plants in containers
close to your patio, deck and along your garden path.
This geranium will repel mosquitoes up to 25
Grow the citronella mosquito plant outdoors during the summer
season.You will need to bring it
indoors before there is a fall frost. You can put it in your greenhouse or bring the plant inside your home and set it next to a southern exposed
window.The lemon scent will add a
lovely fragrance to your home.
View this YouTube video to learn about other flowers that repel mosquitoes.
Shasta daisy, Chrysanthemum
maximum, are white petal perennial flowers with a golden center that look
wonderful when grown in a border garden.You can also grow them in a prairie or in your cutting garden.
Grow Shasta daisy from seed or
from a plant. When the daisy is full grown it will form a bushy clump were the
stems grow up to three feet tall before producing flowers in the summer from
July to September.
Growing tips: For healthy flowers with many
blooms grow the Shasta daisy in full sun. However, if your summers are extremely
hot with temperatures in the upper 90’s then the Shasta daisy would welcome part
shade in the heat of the day.
Plant the flower seeds or
nursery grown daisies in moderately fertile well drained soil. If you
soil is poor, then amend it with miracle grow potting soil.You can plant daisy seeds indoors 12 weeks
before the last frost in spring or sow seeds outdoors when the soil warms to 70
For growing daisies in masses, turn
over the soil with a tiller and plant seeds in rows; plant seeds 1/16 of an inch deep. Space the seeds sixteen inches apart.
Another way to grow Shasta
daisies is to plant them with eye catching colorful flowers; coneflowers,
zinnias and black-eyed
Susan and red bee balm are a few of my favorites. All of these
flowers can be cut for beautiful bouquets or floral arrangements.
Caring for Shasta Daisies Water the newly planted seeds so
that the soil is evenly moist but not wet. Do not allow the soil to dry
out as it will cause the seedling stress. Seed germination occur in
approximately 21 to 30 days.
Apply organic mulch around the flowers to help to retain moisture.
Keep the soil evenly moist but
not wet throughout the growing season. The best way to achieve this is to
water the flowers with a slow drip irrigation system in the morning. If
you summer temperature is hot; high 90’s, then water in the morning and then
again in the late afternoon.
Fertilize monthly with miracle
grow formulated for flowers. I use bloom booster that is made to attach
to the end of your hose. The fertilizer that is applied with water will get to
the roots where the nutrients are needed. My Shasta daisies produce large
beautiful blooms that are long lasting.
Deadhead the spent flowers to
extend the bloom season.
Prune daisies in the fall to get ready for winter. View this YouTube video to learn tips:
Tips Shasta daisies are a useful
evergreen ground cover. The plants foliage is attractive even in the
winter. So plant them where you can admire them from a window.
Pour a cup of coffee for yourself, then recycle the coffee grounds to use as fertilizer for your yard. The coffee grounds
will enrich your lawn and garden soil with phosphorus, potassium, magnesium,
copper and calcium. Your acid loving plants will be healthy with
vibrant blooms and your lawn will be lush and green.
Storing Recycled Coffee Grounds
coffee for fertilizer by saving spent coffee grounds.The best way to save the coffee is to turn
the grounds from coffee filter over onto a paper towel and air dry.
When the coffee grounds are dry; put the grounds into an air tight container
and store in a cool dry place.
Coffee Nourish your acid
loving flowers with coffee grounds by scooping handfuls of the dry coffee and
then spreading the coffee grounds around your acid loving plants, flowering shrubs and
Water after you fertilize
with coffee as the water will help in breaking down the nutrients so that they
get to the plants roots.
soil with Coffee Get a new
garden bed ready by amending the soil with the recycled coffee grounds.
Ready the gardens
by removing the grass; weeds, rock and other debris then use your tiller to
break up eight inches of the top soil. Work the clumps out of the soil
until it is a fine texture then amend with the coffee grounds.
Water the new
garden bed lightly. The water will allow the nutrients found in coffee to
slowly release into the soil.
Feed your Lawn with Coffee
Another way to
recycle coffee is to fertilize your lawn.Add dry coffee grounds to your broadcaster and spread the coffee evenly
on your lawn, then water the grass. Your grass will green up fast and will grow in as a lush lawn.
List of Acid Loving Plants and Shrubs Amaryllis,
aster, azalea, bleeding heart, blueberry, camellia dogwood, evergreens, fern,
fir, gardenia, holly, huckleberry hydrangea, lily of the valley, lupine,
magnolia, marigold, roses, rhododendrons, strawberries
Other Uses for Coffee Repel ants, slugs, snails, grubs, cats and dogs from your flower beds with spent coffee grounds. Dilute any leftover coffee in the pot with water and feed your acid loving houseplants with the watered down coffee. Recycle coffee by adding to your compost. ___