Its BBQ session again you know the its time to shop, chop, rub, mix, marinade, chill, prepare and then take the whole banquet outside where we find we are also catering for every flying thing on Gods green earth, mosquitoes, flies, gnats, ants all looking for a free lunch.

Well it’s time to fight back, i was always told there’s no such thing as a free lunch

If we want to be able to enjoy eating outside, we have to use nature against nature. not engage in chemical warfare. 

Place pots of insect-repelling herbs  in your garden and use them as table decorations. (put labels on them telling your guest what they are and why you have them)

Some plants contain Essential oils that act as nature’s insect repellent, others attract so be careful.

You can get herbs at your local supermarkets or garden centres.

The fragrant smell from herbs is the result of the distribution of small droplets that contain oils.

High temperatures, cause the droplets to become volatile, evaporating the essential oils and turning them into vapours,

If you plant the edible herbs in small pots you can still cook with them but more importantly you can move them around.

Note: if you plan to cook with them too don’t put them where your pet can use them!

Ok  let’s look at which herbs do what.

Lemongrass

Repels: mosquitoes house flies 

Lemongrass contains citronella, a natural oil, and an edible This fragrant culinary grass is an annual. It does well in a pot or in the ground in a sunny, well-drained location. Use its fragrant, narrow leaves in chicken and pork dishes and to flavour soups and salad dressing. Often Asian recipes use lemongrass. You can also infuse oil with it.

Basil

Repels: house flies and mosquitoes.

You can keep basil in small plant pots to repel insects or make it into a repellent spray.

You can then put them by your kitchen and patio doors and on the decking areas where you like to relax or entertain.

Basil is delicious in salads, in pork and chicken recipes and with a variety of soups.

It improves the flavours of some vegetables, include tomatoes, peppers and asparagus.

Bay leaf

Repels: flies

carries a ton of healing properties, which are as strong as its smell. It helps with stomach, kidney and liver problems, too. it’s a great fly repellent. Several strategically placed bowls of bay leaves in your rooms will take care of this business. bay leaves are a wonderful ingredient in bouquet garni to use in different soups and stews!

Dill

Repels: – tomato hornworms, aphids, spider mites, cabbage loopers

a well used herb all over the world and it’s widely used in cooking.

Fennel

Repels: Aphids, slugs, and snails.

 It has been used as food, medicine, herb and repellent for years. Thought that fennel helps curing digestive and neuro system problems.

Garlic. 

Repels: mosquitoes.

Planting garlic around the garden should ward off other insects. Garlic extract sprayed in your garden is harmless to plants, but bugs don’t like the odour of garlic.

Rosemary

Repels: mosquitoes and a variety of insects

Chefs love rosemary as much as insects hate it. You can dry it and hang sprigs around.

It can be grown in containers on a patio and shaped into ornamental pyramids, grown in herb gardens or planted in landscaped beds, where some can grow quite large.  toss a little rosemary into the fire. The scented smoke helps keep away unwanted insects.

Rosemary’s oils are as delicious chef who use herbs.

Lavender

Repels: moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes

Lavender has been used for centuries to add a sweet fragrance to homes and clothes drawers. Although people love the smell of lavender, mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects hate it. Place tied bouquets in your home to help keep flies outdoors.

Plant it in sunny areas of the garden or near entryways to your house to help keep those areas pest free. You can also use oil extracted from the flowers as a mosquito repellent you can apply to exposed skin when going into the garden or patio. 

Lemon thyme

Repels: mosquitoes

Bruise the leaves on this hardy plant to To release its chemicals and repel mosquitoes.To do this, simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands. Before you do that, though, it’s advisable to make sure the plant’s natural properties will not adversely affect you. Determine your tolerance by rubbing crushed leaves on a small area on your forearm for several days. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil and will thrive in your herb garden, a rock garden or a front border as long as these are in sunny locations. 

Mint

Repels: mosquitoes

Mint spreads aggressively so it's best grown in pots unless you want it to take over. Cuttings of mint in mulch can help broccoli, cabbage and turnips. The leaves are commonly used to flavour iced mint tea. The aromatic properties found in the leaves are also present in the stems and flowers.

Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden or on the patio will help keep nearby plants insect free.

Oregano

Repels: Mosquitos, cabbage butterfly, and cucumber beetle

some insects won’t bother, such as spider mites, leafhoppers and aphids. Therefore, you can plant the oregano near garlic and onions.

Apart from those bugs, you can dry and grind the plant’s over ground part and use it against moths and ants infestations.

Sage

Repels: mosquitoes

sage has a strong smell that's pleasant to us but not to insects.sage is a perennial plant that can be grown in planters on a patio or planted into landscaped beds. toss a little sage or rosemary into the fire. The scented smoke helps keep away unwanted insects.

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