Everyone knows that in the summer, nothing can ruin a good time outdoors quicker than mosquitoes and other pests. And as we are approaching arguably the biggest BBQ weekend of the year, we want to keep guests bitten-free.
Basil is another herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. And since all kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, feel free to explore and find the right types of basil to mix into your garden. This herb likes to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in the garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.