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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

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Learn how to make a gorgeous mosquito-repellent patio planter with 2 common plants from your local nursery! 

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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

If you followed our 3 fixer-upper renovations, then you know we love outdoor living.  As soon as it gets even a little bit warm our family is outside. We have picnics, BBQs, and lots of time around the fire.

What we don’t love, however, is mosquitoes. So a couple of years ago, I decided to make patio planters out of several common plants that are known to be mosquito repellent and strategically place them throughout our new patio. Not only do they repel bugs, but they also look beautiful.

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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

Mosquito Repellent Plants

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The two plants you will need to create your mosquito repellent planter?

Lavender and mint!

Looks gorgeous.  Smells fabulous.  Repels mosquitoes.

There is absolutely no downside to this combo.

Lavender

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Lavender speaks to my French Country loving heart for so many reasons, but perhaps no reason more than the fact that they repel my least favorite insect on the planet.

If you click on this link, then you can read the research behind lavender as a mosquito repellent and you will find that it’s most effective form is the essential oil.  However according to the website

“While scientific studies have not yet covered this domain, there is anecdotal evidence to show that even the presence of lavender plants can produce enough ambient linalool to keep small swarms of mosquitoes away.”

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Mint

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According to the same website

“At a base level, mint plants (in both their natural and essential oil form) have been found to act as an effective deterrent against common pests such as wasps, hornets, ants, and cockroaches. . . While current scientific research shows moderate results for its effectiveness on mosquitos, mint may be worth trying if your mosquito infestation has not responded to other natural solutions.”

How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

What You Need

  • One pot
  • Potting soil
  • 1 lavender plant
  • 2 mint plants (peppermint preferred)
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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

#1.  Fill 1/2 the planter with potting soil.

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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

#2.  Place the lavender plant in the pot toward the back.  Fill in halfway with soil to stabilize.

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The soil helps keep the lavender in place while still leaving room in the front for the mint.

How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

#3.  Add 2 mint plants to the front.  Fill to the top with soil.

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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

After

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So so pretty!

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Stay tuned because tomorrow I am finally revealing the patio we renovated 3 years ago now. Sheesh. Better late than never, I suppose.

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Learn how to make a gorgeous mosquito repellent patio planter with 2 common plants from your local nursery!
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How to Make a Mosquito Repellent Patio Planter

Ahna Fulmer
Learn how to make a gorgeous mosquito repellent patio planter with 2 common plants from your local nursery! 
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 planter
  • potting soil
  • 1 lavendar plant
  • 2 mint plants (peppermint preferred)

Instructions
 

  • #1.  FILL 1/2 THE PLANTER WITH POTTING SOIL.
  • #2.  PLACE THE LAVENDER PLANT IN THE POT TOWARD THE BACK.  FILL IN HALF WAY WITH SOIL TO STABILIZE.
  • #3.  ADD 2 MINT PLANTS TO THE FRONT. 
  • #4. FILL TO THE TOP WITH SOIL.
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25 Comments

  1. This is an awesome idea! Think I may need to plant a couple of these for our deck if it also repels wasps. Thanks for joining our summer outdoor spaces blog hop.

  2. One bug’s repellant is another bug’s feast. Agreed that lavender and mint are good as part of a mosquito repellant, but they also attract bees. Which is a plus for some people and a negative for others. Rosemary is another good one that works inside and out. I’ve been reading more about different types of indoor houseplants recently. Cheers.

  3. Win-win! So pretty and so useful in the summer for mosquitos. Pinned. 🙂 Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday.

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