It’s been absolutely gorgeous here lately. The weather isn’t suffocating yet, and we’ve been spending a lot of time outside…which means a lot of time in the garden.
Last year, Smalls got a raised garden bed for his birthday, and this year we decided to plant some ‘easy’ to grow plants. We planted:
- Bush beans
So far so good, but I didn’t count on all the annoying things that those plants would attract!
I’m not a fan of using chemicals, especially if they’re going to be in a space where they boys will be playing (and they play outside a LOT), so I wanted a way to protect my garden without the yucky stuff.
By now, you know that I’m a bit of a crazed fan when it comes to essential oils. But you may not know that essential oils also make a great addition to your garden bed.
Essential oils are the life blood of plants, and when you add them to your garden, you’ll find that your plants love them (seriously).
Essential Oils For Your Garden
Whether you’re looking to fend off pests, welcome pollinators or simply want to enhance your backyard oasis (because everyone needs one), essential oils make it super easy to care for your garden naturally.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is an oil that bugs just don’t like. I don’t know if it’s the smell or something in it, but if you’re having pest issues, consider making a garden spray.
- 10 drops rosemary
- 10 drops thyme
- 10 drops peppermint
- 10 drops clove
Add the essential oils to a glass spray bottle with equal parts water and alcohol and spray your plants. They’ll love it, but the pests…not so much.
Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander is an amazing oil. I t smells so good!! And it’s a favorite of bees and butterflies, who will pollinate your plants. Bees, especially, are drawn to its herbal, uplifting aroma. I like to make a solution of coriander essential oil, water, and vodka to spray on my plants to help attract the pollinators.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
If you want to keep those fruit and veggie plants healthy and free of things that should not be growing on your food, Tea Tree is the perfect solution.
Put 5-10 drops in a glass spray bottle filled with equal parts water and alcohol and spray the leaves before you go to bed at night.
This will keep your plants healthy without harsh chemicals. Because of the potential volatility of tea tree, never spray your plants during the day when they will be exposed to sunlight.
Geranium Essential Oil
If you’re looking to enhance the appeal of your garden with a wonderful fragrant scent, Geranium essential oil is an awesome choice. I love the flowery, floral scent of this oil, and it has the benefit of repelling pests.
Orange Essential Oil
If you’re creepy crawlies, orange oil is the way to go. Instead of killing them off one at a time, Orange oil can demolish entire colonies.
Unfortunately, orange oil can also kill off beneficial pollinators so it’s super important to use it in moderation and only when needed to ward off the pests.
It’s really not hard to help your garden bloom without pesticides. I recommend starting with a basic garden spray and adding other remedies as you need them. You may just need the one!
Don’t have essential oils? I’ve got you. Young Living has an amazing Starter Kit that includes just about every oil on this list, and you will fall in love.
Have you ever used essential oils in your garden?