From relaxing in the hammock to barbecuing or gardening, your yard becomes a sanctuary in summer. Whether you work or play outdoors, your surroundings can help foster your well-being beyond the benefits of fresh air. This summer, turn your outdoor space into an oasis of health for you and your family. The key is to balance the five elements - air, water, fire, earth, and space - within your sanctuary. Continue reading ...
· *Plant a lavender hedge around an onion patch to protect them from onion maggot, and lavender bushes around fruit trees to deter codling moth.
· *Rosemary planted near carrots deters carrot fly and bean beetle. Sprigs of rosemary placed with clothes will repel moths and silverfish.
· *Put sage bushes near doorways to keep ants away. Planted in the vegetable garden, sage is believed to keep mice away.
· *Plant fennel near doorways and windows to repel flies and mosquitos. Place fresh leaves in your pet’s bedding and rub through its coat to ward off fleas.
· *Use both annual and perennial chamomile flowers to make an anti-fungal spray by pouring one liter of boiling water over two firmly-packed cupfuls of fresh flowers. Steep, then strain.
· *Protect cabbage, beans, and tomatoes by planting basil nearby.
· *Citronella oil is a general insect repellant, and can be used as bait to trap and drown codling moth and male fruit flies.
*Garlic spray can be used to kill or repel a
range of pests such as: aphids, woolly aphid, bean fly, stink and horned bugs,
crickets, and grasshoppers.
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