Yesterday I had a lot of mulching to do, my sister has commissioned me fix up her yard.
I do wish I had some before and after picture of the shade garden I put in for her, but that was before I started blogging and documenting everything.
Anyhow, as it is a shade garden and right by a little creek there is typically loads of mosquitos. And the times of the early morning or at dusk when it it not too hot to work, even more so.
I have long been wanting to make a homemade mosquito spray, as I do not like to use regular repellent, and find that the natural versions from the health food stores, does not work very well.
I found this idea on The Herb Gardener, this spray includes garlic and cayenne pepper, and to that I added some yarrow. I used I'd say 6-7 big cloves, smashed them up skin and all, put them in a food processor with about a cup of water and 1t of ground up cayenne powder, the recipe calls for fresh peppers, but I did not have any on hand.
To this I added a good amount of yarrow, flowers leaf stem and all.
Mashed it up really good in the food processor, I love the way it looked and even smelled, I do love garlic, and then I set it in the sun for a few ours
before straining it through cheese cloth into a spray bottle.
Once strained I added a few drops of lavender essential oil.
I applied a liberal amount to my skin, wondering if the cayenne was going to burn in any way. It did not,
it did feel a bit sticky at first but once dried that went away. I think it worked really well, perhaps not 100%, yet really well, I could do all my mulching without feeling the constant attack of the mosquitos and when I came inside had not one bite.
This may not be the repellent I would use if I was going to town, well actually I rarely put on repellent, but for garden work or a hike at twilight this is the perfect solution for me, with the added bonus of absorbing the benefit of the garlic through the skin.
~Happy rainy monday~.
Yeah, we are getting some rain:)