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DETERRING MOSQUITOS WITH CATNIP

The Iowa State University Department of Entomology recently presented the results of a study on common catnip. They concluded that an essential oil in catnip is very effective at repelling mosquitoes.  When placed in a garden, small doses of catnip oil were 10 times more effective than DEET. While the researchers don’t know why mosquitoes […]

BASIL

The Folklore and Magical side of BASIL …                       While most of us associate basil with Italian food, it is actually native to India and Southeast Asia. The earliest known reference stretches back 5,000 years to Indian Vedic texts. And true to its long history, it […]

STAYING COOL

People sweat to cool off, and plants do something similar. We call it transpiration. Thank you Freepik ! As summer heats up, some of the water drawn up through the roots exits the plant through pores – or stomata— which are in its leaves.  As it evaporates, heat is removed, providing a cooling effect.  However, […]

 
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