NATURAL INSECT REPELLENT PLANTS AND PESTICIDES
Synthetic pesticides are more of a threat to man than the insects it would seem. As each
generation of insects become more immune the pesticide, stronger and more potent
insecticides are released. In the meantime we humans are absorbing these chemicals as
they permeate our homes, gardens and lawns and in turn we are depleting the quality of
our health and the health of our pets. We hope that most American gardeners will help
reverse this trend by using natural pest deterrents that have been used successfully for
generations. We offer the following seeds to aid them in their efforts.
D1704 MOUNTAIN TOBACCO: Attenuata.
A graceful and ornamental species with
white inch long flowers flushed pink outside. It is a night blooming annual that grows to
4-5 ft. with pointed leaves. A very popular tobacco with the Navajo Indians. It is an all
purpose plant. I recommend using it as an ornamental, filler and pesticide base. To make
the perfect garden pesticide, mix 1teaspoon of powdered dried leaves with one teaspoon
of dishwashing detergent into one gallon of water. Apply with sprayer.
25 seeds $4.00
D1708 KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE. GYMNOCLADUS DIOICA.
A large shade tree
with long leaves that are pinkish in spring, green in summer and yellow in fall. The seeds
can be roasted and eaten like nuts or made into a coffee substitute. The bruised foliage
when sprinkled with sweetened water will attract and kill flies. Can be used in raised beds if you know how to plant a raised bed garden.
3 seeds $4.00
D1711 BLACK LOCUST, FALSE ACACIA. ROBINIA.
Beautiful ornamental loaded with
white fragrant flowers. An excellent shade tree with acacia type foliage. The fragrant
flowers can be smelled for hundreds of ft. in spring. The bruised foliage mixed with
sugar will attract and kill flies.
20 seeds $4.00
D1714 CHINABERRY TREE. MELIA AZEDARACH.
A handsome and dense tree. The
profuse berries are used to make necklaces and insecticides. Also called Lilac Tree,
Pride of India and Bead Tree. To make flea repellent for lawns, mix 1 tablespoon of dry,
powdered berries with on teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to a gallon of water and
spray on lawns with a sprayer. This will also repel flying insects as well.
4 seeds $4.00
D1717 OSAGE ORANGE. MACLURA.
A fast growing shrub often grown as a hedge.
Pretty foliage with greenish flowers. Good as a background or border plant. The crushed
fruits of this plant are said to attract and kill cockroaches. Can be raised as container
plant in northern states.
10 seeds $4.00
D1719 SHOO-FLY PLANT. NICANDA PHYSALODES.
A vigorous bushy annual to 2-5
ft. tall with sky-blue bell flowers a inch wide, followed by unusual, papery 5 wing pods
that are excellent for dried arrangements. A beautiful ornamental that is raised around
greenhouses for its possible fly repelling and killing properties. Said to attract and kill
15 seeds $4.00
D1721 BLAZING STAR. SPICATA.
A beautiful plant often raised for its ornamental
appeal. Has rosy purple spikes of flowers up to 15" long. The dried roots of the plant
have a soft vanilla smell and will repel moths when placed among clothes. A hardy
perennial that is easy to grow from seeds reaching 3-6 ft. tall.
20 seeds $4.00
D1724 ROSEMARY. ROSEMARINUS OFFICINALIS.
Evergreen aromatic shrubs from
the Mediterranean. Grows 2-6 ft. with pale blue 1/2" flowers and attractive foliage.
Powdered Rosemary leaves are used as a flea and tick repellent. Simply dust the powder
onto the pet or areas where the pet sleeps. A very effective and safe repellent.
D1727 WORMWOOD. ARTEMISIA ABSINITHIUM.
A hardy perennial to 3-5 ft. with
gray, silky foliage and leafy spikes of small flowers. Hardy throughout the US. Easy to
grow from seeds. Has many uses as food seasoning and medicinal plant. Powdered dust
from the plant sprinkled on plants and the soil will deter many insects. Not because it is
toxic, but simply because they do not like its fragrance.
20 seeds $4.00
D1729 PENNYROYAL. MENTHA PELUGIUM.
A small leaved perennial herb that has
spikes of lavender, fragrant flowers. Ground pennyroyal is one of the most effective tick
deterrents available. Dust powder made from the leaves around areas where the pet
sleeps and plays.
25 seeds $4.00
D1735 LEMON BASIL. OCIMUM.
An aromatic tender annual with small pretty flowers
and lemony fragrance. An attractive plant that is easy to grow. When planted in the
garden close to tomatoes, it not only improves the taste of the tomatoes but deters white
flies as well.
20 seeds $4.00
D1739 TRUE LAVENDER. LAVANDULA.
A beautiful aromatic perennial that is hardy
to zone 5 and can be raised in tubs in colder climates. The most fragrant lavender.
Beautiful lavender flowers on long stems and narrow green leaves. Sow in fall or spring.
When planted in the garden, it will deter pests with its fragrance. When dried and placed
in closets and drawers with clothes, it will deter moths and lend its wonderful fragrance
to the clothes.
40 seeds $4.00
D1746. CITRIODORA. EUCALYPTUS.
Beautiful, shiny, round silvery-grey leaves.
Makes excellent cut foliage. Can be container grown. Will stand cold to -17 degrees.
Outside it will grow as a tree to 50 ft.
5 seeds $4.00
D1751. PYRETHRUM PLANT.
A beautiful daisy that is hardy and blooms throughout the
spring and summer. It flowerheads is used to make probably the best natural pesticide
40 seeds. $4.00
D1752 GOPHER SPURGE. EUPHORBIA LATYRUS.
While we realize the gopher is not an insect, we have had many requests for these seeds. The plant is said to produce a acrid milky juice in its roots that gophers cannot stand. It is said one should plant several of these plants in the yard and garden to discourage the pests.
10 seeds $4.00
This is an old time remedy for deworming dogs and cats. Use full amount on dogs and
1/4 amount on cats.
Mix one teaspoon of dried, powdered rosemary and one teaspoon of wormwood with 1/2
teaspoon of fresh ground garlic. Mix well and divide into 4 portions. Give pet a portion
mixed in with food or pet treat four times a day. Repeat this for 3 days and pet should be
THE SAFE INSTANT KILL INSECTICIDE
The most effective insecticide that instantly kills flying and crawling insects on contact
but does no harm to mammals or birds is the dried and crushed flowers of the Pyrethrum
Plant. This brown powder will kill or stun the insects the moment it touches them but
does no harm to pets when sprinkled on their coats. This member of the daisy family is a
beautiful ornamental and will compliment any garden or flower bed. While very
effective, the dried powder only lasts for a few days. You can prolong its use throughout
the year by freezing fresh flower heads in zip-lock bags and drying and crushing them as
THE GREAT MOSQUITOE REPELLENT
Mosquitoes are very sensitive to certain scents, Chamomile and Citriodora
especially. Both are easy to grow and both are used in dry flower arrangements.
Citriodora is also used in potpourri. To make The Great Mosquito Repellent, take one oz.
of green leaves from both plants and boil in a gallon of water. Strain and place in the
refrigerator. Before going outside, splash the mixture liberally over your face and
exposed parts of your body. You will enjoy the fresh, citrus smell but the mosquitoes will
stay far away.
TOBACCO DUST. This dust is ideal for making a great natural pesticide. Mix 1/8 oz. of
tobacco dust with one tablespoon of black pepper and one teaspoon of liquid
dishwashing detergent. Simply apply as you would a chemical pesticide. This dust is also
very effective sprinkled around the base of plants. $2.00 per ounce