Synthetic pesticides are more of a threat to man than the insects. As each generation of insects become more immune the pesticide, stronger and more potent insecticides are released. In the meantime, people and their pets are absorbing these chemicals as they permeate our homes, gardens and lawns to the detriment of our health. Synthetic pesticides also kill or damage beneficial organisms and friendly critters which were once abundant in our gardens. 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 in these efforts. Home remedies for deworming pets, making a mosquito repellent, and a safe, instant-kill insecticide are listed below too.
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 raised in containers.
3 seeds $2.00
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 $1.95
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 $1.95
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 white flies.
15 seeds $1.95
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 $1.95
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.
20 seeds. $1.95
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 $1.95
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 $1.95
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 $1.95
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 $1.95
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 available.
40 seeds. $1.95
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 and treat four times a day. Repeat this for 3 days and pet should be completely dewormed.
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 needed.
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.
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