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are there any plants that would deter midgies in the garden. 3 years ago a pond was filled in but the midgies persist in returning year after year and eatibng my family alive. The garden is south facing.



Not that I am aware of - try citronella candles, though I wouldn't have thought midges were a problem at this time of year.

24 Mar, 2010


There is nothing that works 100%. Sounds like you have some marshy/boggy conditions near you (not necessarily in your own garden) where they are breeding. Two things that would help a bit spring to mind. One is the lemony herbs. Lemon balm is probably the best but lemon thyme is good too although lemon coriander is not really hardy enough in the north. The other one is probably more effective but needs a bit more planning. Eucalyptus, the common cider gum. These can be bought small, because they grow very quickly. I think about £7 including delivery on eBay, and although fast growers to a large size they are easily kept in check to the size you want by hard pruning.

I answered a similar question recently on another forum where the person was hoping to grow sarracenias from seed to eat them. Sorry but that won't work. Sarras actually attract them faster than they catch them.

Hope this helps.

24 Mar, 2010


Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale) is supposed to work. Shepherds and walkers in Scotland put a sprig of bog myrtle behind the ear or in the hat.

24 Mar, 2010


And it does bog all! Bulba commented on another question like this that he found using a branch of most effective as a fly swat!

24 Mar, 2010


LOL, MG - it has some use then!

24 Mar, 2010


Yup... I remember himself and our son going off for a climbing weekend to Ardgour the midges were so bad that when they returned every item of food had to be binned as it had a film of midges coating it; jam, butter spread... everything. They had huge lumps and bumps.

24 Mar, 2010


Eughhhhhh. I saw a programme with some people camping years ago and they pulled a leg of womens tights over their heads - they were drinking tea through it. Seemed to work a treat.

24 Mar, 2010


Now I don't think that Mr MB & son tired that.... but it might just have worked!

24 Mar, 2010


It looked hilarious but who cares if it stopped the biting!

24 Mar, 2010


Thanks to all but so far I dont feel there is a serious answer ! Of course there are no midgies out yet so I am pre-empting.

25 Mar, 2010


We seem to have midges out there now, i only notice their absence in the very cold weather.
Unfortunately, i don't know of any plants that can help with this.

25 Mar, 2010


Noakesey what we are all saying is there isn't a plant that will deter midges - nothing does, especially if the are West Highland midges!

25 Mar, 2010


Common sense should tell you that bog myrtle, a plant that is common in all the places that the midge thrives, is hardly going to work as a deterrent.

And planting eucalyptus isn't much of an idea either. More shelter = more humidity, more shade, less sunshine = more midges

Better to carry out remedial work to your garden: improve drainage, keep the vegetation short, clip the hedges. In other words, make it midge-unfriendly

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