Plant a Bug Spray Garden

Plant herbal allies to defend your family from bites and your garden from pests.

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Insect bites are a warm-weather plague, from black flies in spring to ticks in fall. As climate change decimates the evolutionary baseline of seasonal ebb and flow, insect populations, and the diseases they carry, are increasing. We’re in the midst of a frightening spike in diseases such as Lyme disease, Zika, and West Nile virus, which makes protecting yourself from bites more important than ever.

Although the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers DEET and similar insecticides appropriate for human use, many people prefer to avoid DEET because numerous studies have demonstrated potential harm, and its toxicity is still unclear, especially to children and pollinators. Herbal bug spray is a safe, effective alternative to conventional repellents.

Beyond Do It Yourself: Grow It Yourself!

Herbal bug spray is easy to make. Just combine the ingredients, shake them up, and you’re done! As we consider our impact on the world around us, we strive to limit our carbon footprint by embracing the DIY ethic and hyperlocalism. To benefit your family and your garden, go a step beyond making bug spray from store-bought ingredients by growing the ingredients yourself.

Bioregionalism is the philosophy that our local plant community is capable of meeting our needs. There’s no need for the latest endangered panacea from thousands of miles away: If you learn the nature of your local plants, you’ll discover one that fits any of your culinary or medicinal needs. Food and herbs grown in your area are fresher and safer, and the positive environmental and economic benefits of buying local are well-documented. Bioregionalism makes for good policy around the kitchen table.

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