Fighting Mosquitoes One Plant At A Time

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in!

If you were with me last year you might remember this one. For all my new friends, here’s a ‘rerun’ πŸ™‚

Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
Right now I’m taking a break from weed-pulling Β ….ugh….all that rain and the humidity really made them flourish. πŸ˜– I do leave the pretty ones with the flowers, Β but sorry ‘Creeping Charlie’ you gotta go.

Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me severely swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! 😜

I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots around and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side. That is of course not possible, but it gave me an idea for a fun sketch πŸ˜‹
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Don’t you wish? Then all you need is have someone throw a net Β over you to keep the bees away! 🐝

I will plant everything this week…hopefully it’s successful.

(Update- last year we had a lot less mosquitoes, I’m hoping it was due to the plants , and we’ll be bite-free again this year! 😊

Going now to pull some more weeds! 😝

Oh, wait…..I just found this helpful hint

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Do you have any experience with this? If so, please let us know!

I hope you found these tips and tricks helpful πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the product mentioned in this post πŸ™‚

 

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Take a rose and a potato ~ Part II

A little over 3 weeks ago I shared the beginning of this project with you.

Here’s a – for lack of a better word – an update. I wish I could present a beautiful plant…sadly that’s not the case. πŸ˜• It’s still just a stick in the mud.


There is some moss growing…


Yesterday I saw a few ants marching across the soil…I’m thinking they found the potato πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ – but that’s all there is to report.

I was curious if anyone ever had any success with this project, so I googled the video. Turns out I’m not the only one with very meager results (aside from the moss 😜). Most people got nothing, a few had potato plants growing (that would be awesome πŸ˜„), and one or two got a rose. I wonder if it depends on the ‘mother plant’?!

As soon as I see anything, potato, rose, ant colony- I’ll let you know! 😬 …and you please do the same! I’m curious to see if this worked for you! πŸ€—

’til next time πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo

Take a rose and a potato…

Hello ~ today I’m sharing my latest gardening project with you. Well, the first step, the beginning.
You might have seen the videos on Facebook, where a very clever soul is growing a rose with the help of a potato. I’ve always wanted to try that, saved the post…only to forget about it.
Then,Β  yesterday the universe put everything together for me, and I started the “Potato Rose”.
First of all, my rosebush had finally recovered from this year’s invasion of the ‘Japanese Beetle’. Boy, those little suckers really did a job on my poor flowers. I tried all the natural ‘get rid of bugs’ remedies I know…nothing worked. So, in the end, I had to – much to my chagrin – use a chemical. Β πŸ˜• Β  Β  That worked though, and now the little pretty is blooming again.

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Second, the video popped up in my newsfeed again, and I had just bought potatoes.
So, what am I waiting for?
I clipped a rosebud with stem (about 10″)
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removed the flower and the leaves

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drilled a hole into the potato with a long, pointy screw

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pushed the stem in – that was easier than I thought. Potatoes are quite ‘flexible’

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planted everything in a medium size pot

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Then I cut the bottom of a plastic bottle, and fitted it over the stem.
If you’re trying this at home, push the bottle into the dirt about 1/2″ so the first breeze doesn’t make off with your greenhouse!
A little water all around the bottle – done!

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….and now we wait! 😊

I hope I’ll be able to show you results soon🌹If you don’t hear about this again, I’ve failed miserablyπŸ˜‹ That shouldn’t stop you from showing me your success though!!!
Good luck to you! πŸ€

~Tina xoxo

 

Mosquito-repellant Plants

Well, hello ~ good to see you here! Thanks for stopping by! 😊
Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
I do have a lot of weeds to pull (except the ones with little flowers on them – they will stay…much to the chagrin of my husband  πŸ˜‹).
Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me all swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! πŸ˜„

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I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots to place in places where there is no flowerbed and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side.
That is, of course, not possible, but that thought gave me an idea for a new drawing!
Let me explain why …. last week I started a ‘100 day challenge’ on Instagram, along with many other artists. We’re supposed to pick a medium, and post a new creation every day. Well, so far I’ve made it… the challenge is young 😊    But I’m having a lot of fun with it, so I’m hopeful!
Since I love making jewelry every day, I decided to do something different, something challenging, and nothing  is more challenging for me than drawing, believe me!
But I found this great book (Fashion Design for Beginners) that is very helpful. So I set to it. (If you wanna see, my Instagram handle is  ‘kristabella_weston) 😬

Anyway – long story short – here’s my fantasy for a mosquito free summer


Don’t you wish? Then all I’d need is a net thrown over me to keep the bees away! 🐝

I will plant everything this week – I’ll let you know if it works!
Going now to pull some weeds! 

Ta Ta for now! 😘
~Tina xoxo