Summer time is well and truly here, which has brought rain and now mosquitoes. Apart from mozzies spreading disease to humans they can also give chickens fowl pox. I do not know anyone that likes getting bitten by mosquitos. Apart from their annoying buzz they also seem to go for the parts of the body which are sensitive such as your feet or parts you really do not want blemishes like your face.
I grow mozzie pots full of insect repellent plants and place around my chicken pens. I have recently made a smaller one for the outdoor table which could also double up as a herb source and nice looking focal point.
I used the following plants in this mozzie pot; pennyroyal, lemon thyme, cat mint, lemon grass and southernwood.
Pennyroyal – a peppermint scented perennial. Repels fleas and ants. Has purple flowers.
Lemon Thyme – a lemon aroma and mild flavour suited to accompany many dishes. Leaves are slightly larger than the conventional thyme. Repels mosquitos and has tiny pink flowers.
Cat Mint – a minty scent. Can be used dry as a tea. Repels insects. Has purple flowers.
Lemon Grass – a lemon scented coarse grass. Can be used in tea and cooking. Contains citronella which repel mosquitos.
Southernwood – a perennial plant that has an unattractive smell and taste to insects.
How to make a mozzie pot
You will need
Potting Mix (see my DIY Seed Raising Mix)
Trowel or old small plastic pot
Small amount of mulch or fine mesh
Insect Repellant Plants
1. Add a handful of mulch or fine mesh to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot.
2. Fill pot with potting mix leaving enough room for you to add the plants.
3. Start Planting plants.
5. Water pot well. Your mozzie pot is ready.