Plants & Other Ideas That Repel Insects

I.  Use Eco-friendly bug fighters

 

With the sunny days of summer we often experience insects in the yard and garden that are irritating and destructive.  Several years ago, I wrote 5 Reasons To Make Your Garden Organic This Year.  Organic gardening can mean different things to many people.  Really it’s just about growing plants without synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Most people know instinctively that  pesticides and week killers are harmful to the environment and our families.  One of the main reasons I hear for not going organic is “it costs too much.”  I’m retired now but when I was growing up, everything was grown without modern insecticides.  My friends and I say “It was all organic back then.”  Was it that expensive in the 1950’s and 1960’s to have a more eco-friendly garden?

 

 

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Add Farmhouse Beauty With Plants

I love a casual farmhouse style that also includes a touch of modern. With the new year beginning, it’s time for a refresh with cozy, rustic details in my home.  One of my favorite decorative techniques is a  few plants scattered around the house. Real house plants add year round color and also filter the air naturally.  What if you can’t keep plants alive?  A quality faux plant can add texture and green to your home without fear of their death. I like to use a mix of real and faux plants and flowers, sometimes even in the same arrangement. No matter what design style you favor or the color of your rooms, adding fresh touches of green using indoor plants can be very much needed for interest and a bit of color.

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