I’ve been eyeing my potting bench stacked high with empty pots, itching to get organized! Part of my Spring routine includes stocking up on a few key EOs believe it or not. Not only are pure essential oils amazing tools for wellness, great in the laundry and super for all those DIY cleaners we love, they’re perfect for treating plant maladies like fungus and repelling pests…organically.
If you’re lucky enough to have a potting bench, you’re lucky enough!
A potting bench is the perfect place to create artsy flower pots, mix up organic potions for healthy plants and a great place to keep an ice cold drink within reach. If you don’t have a potting bench, build one! Ours is built from old remodel bits and pieces, but that just adds to it’s charm. It’s messy creativity personified and I LOVE it!
FLYING PEST CONTROL
Controlling flying pests in the home or the backyard/barnyard can make or break a good BBQ. Flies and wasps are the enemy when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors in warm weather. One of my favorite tricks and tips is to diffuse Peppermint near any door that people are coming in or out of. It actually acts as an invisible curtain to keep flies out of the house. Peppermint is of course a natural insect (and Bart) repellent plus it smells good.
EO GARDEN TEAS
Most of us have one of these somewhere, check the garage! Buy a new one and dedicate it’s use to only ESSENTIAL OILS, in fact…get a big permanent marker and write it on the side so it’s never used with fertilizer or pesticides. I have several, one of my sprayers is dedicated to “manure tea” use only but that’s another blog post and I’ve attached the link at the end of the EO Teas list!
BASIC EO GARDEN TEA with variations:
Add 10 drops of each pure essential oil to an empty sprayer, attach to hose and fill with water.
FLIES: Peppermint or Lavender
GNATS: Spearmint or Patchouli
MOTHS: Spearmint, Lavender or Peppermint
TICKS: Lemongrass, Thyme
WHITE FLY: Lavender
CATERPILLARS: Spearmint or Peppermint
DEER: Manure Tea
Our Wyoming backyard in late Spring (before Bart & Frank that is)