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.
Catmint (catnip) can be found thriving almost anywhere. It is from the mint family and grows abundantly both as a commercial plant and as a weed. It is very easy to take care of and may even start to invade other areas of your garden. However, if you are willing to forgo this plant’s insidious nature, they are amazing mosquito repellants and another recommendation from the BBG. In a study at Iowa State University, catmint was found to be ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellants.