GARDENING and PLANT INFORMATION

The list of download links on this page provide varying information about gardening and plants. As additional informational documents become available, the download list will be added to accordingly.

Download: HOUSE PLANT HINTS
Top Ten Bug-Repelling Plants for your Garden or Yard
Here are the Top Ten Bug-Repelling Plants for your garden or yard!!!!! Sent to us from Ken Cwikla's at 365 Hayden Station Road here in Windsor, CT 06095. Ken invites gardeners to stop by this weekend and visit his plants. You will be glad you did.
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1 - PUTUNIA - These bright-colored beauties are often planted to repel squash bugs, beetles and aphids. They need a sunny spot, so try them near your vegetable garden or in a window box.

2 - BASIL - There’s an oil in basil that kills mosquito eggs. Plant basil in pots near gathering
areas to ward off flies and mosquitoes, and to use in pesto!

3 - MARIGOLDS - These pretty, sun-loving plants are often used by farmers to keep pests at bay. They’ll help keep mosquitoes and aphids out of your yard.

4 - LAVENDER - The same scent that ails our insomnia and makes our linens smell
amazing is absolutely disgusting to flies, moths and mosquitoes. Plant it if you have a sunny garden, or keep a few bouquets around to ward off the pests.

5 - ROSEMARY - In addition to repelling mosquitoes, potent rosemary will help protect your
vegetable plants from infestation.

6 - MINT - This pleasant-smelling plant (along with its cousin lemon balm) helps repel biting insects. It’s best to plant mint in pots, because it will spread like crazy.

7 - CATNIP - Also a member of the mint family, catnip repels bugs thanks to its nepetalactone—the same property that attracts cats. Go figure!

8 - CHRYSANTHEMUMS - Pyrethrins, a compound that’s found in chrysanthemums
and used in many commercial insect repellents, keeps mosquitoes, roaches,
beetles, ticks and silverfish away.

9 - ALLIUMS - Chives, leeks, onions, garlic, scallions and shallots fall into this group. They grow tall with pretty purple, white or pink flowers and help protect other veggies (and your yard) against slugs, flies and worms, although they can attract moths. Be warned that, like garlic and onions, allium plants can be extremely toxic to dogs and cats.

10 - LEMONGRASS - Citronella is the oil found in lemongrass (thus its slightly citrus-y scent). Lemongrass needs tons of sun, so most of us will have to enjoy it as an annual in the summer.

BONUS: THERE IS ALSO SOME SCENTED GERANIUMS WHICH WILL ACT THE SAME AS LEMONGRASS.