Mosquitos Not Welcome Here!

Marigolds detract pests, add beauty, are edible and attract hummingbirds bees and other pollinators to roses and other gardens.

Marigolds detract pests, add beauty, are edible and attract hummingbirds bees and other pollinators to roses and other gardens.

CONTROLLING MOSQUITOS BY PLANTING HERBS & FLOWERS

Recently I came across a Facebook post by someone who had obviously become so frustrated with their battle with mosquitos, they turned to the advice of their online community to ask for solutions to this problem. Immediately the responses started pouring in, comments about sprays and lotions, some with harsh chemicals, some more earth and people friendly. All very well meaning, and I’m sure many of the solutions have their merits. 

Although the intentions are good, most of these solutions are not only harmful to us as humans but to the environment, and most importantly temporary. You will always be fighting an endless battle.

Thankfully, not all hope is lost! It’s all about how you approach the problem. Much like going to the doctor, you can treat the symptoms or address the underlying cause. The reason there are so many mosquitos is because

1. There is probably something nearby attracting them such as standing water, sheltering plant life, and the humans and animals they love to bite, and

2. There aren’t enough predators to control them

TURN TOWARDS THE SUNNY SIDE

One very simple solution to the problem, is to surround your home with types of plant species which are unattractive to or even repel mosquitos. I know right away the first thing people think of is Citronella. Good idea! But there are several other plants and flowers you may not realize are also good for warding off these blood sucking disease spreading annoyances. Not only that, but they have other useful attributes as well. 

Lemon Balm - A member of the mint family, Lemon Balm has been used for centuries for reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing appetite and as with most herbs it is good for relieving indigestion. Lemon Balm is also an excellent aid in healing cold sores.

Marigolds - Not only do Marigolds naturally repel mosquitos, they attract hummingbirds. When planted next to rose bushes, hummingbirds are great for controlling aphids. Marigolds are good for treating dermatitis, healing bruises, and best of all most of the flowers are edible. Try throwing them on a dinner plate presentation and you’re sure to impress your guests! Other herbs and plants that are known to repel mosquitos are: Lavender, Basil, Catnip and Citrus.

Click Below for our All-Natural Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe using ingredients you can grow your own!

Permaculture Ethics

Beautiful urban permaculture garden example.

Beautiful urban permaculture garden example.

We hope you are enjoying our blog journey so far. As each blog goes up, I aim to create a story along the way that will help all of us learn more about Permaculture and give you an insight into what we are doing here in El Tambo, Nicaragua. Todays topic is ethics. Don't worry if you ate all the ice cream and denied it, today I'm talking about permaculture ethics.

Ethics are the moral principals that govern a person’s or group’s behavior. Permaculture is centered around three main ethics. So this can be said, these are the three main behaviors of permaculture. 

A virtual Permaculture City. Can you imagine?

A virtual Permaculture City. Can you imagine?

Care for the Earth

We depend on the earth to live. Without us, the earth would live, with us, the earth pays the price. Caring for the earth includes letting mother nature do her thing, and by replacing that which is taken (by us). Caring for all plants, animals, land, water, air, and living organisms.

Care of People

Taking a responsible action towards caring for the greater community. As Health Cote said “caring for people means meeting people's needs so that people's lives can be sustained and have a good quality of life, but without damaging the earth.” 

Fair Share Return of surplus to Earth and people /

Fair Share means consuming only what you need and sharing the surplus with other people or returning it to the earth. Earths resources are limited and therefore they need to be shared amongst many people. Permaculture looks at sharing the resources fairly amongst the people, land and plants whilst taking into consideration the needs of water, housing and food for the future generations. 

Those are the three main ethics of permaculture in a nut shell. Obviously this is quick overview. Keeping it short and sweet hoping you stay tuned with us on our journey at MESA Sostenible. Together we will see the farm grow from a vacant field into a flourishing permaculture farm stay and cooking experience here in beautiful Costa Esmeralda Coast of Nicaragua. 

Cade

What is Permaculture?

HI, its Cade here from Mesa Sostenible. I had great feedback from my first mini blog, so thank you to everyone who commented and liked across social media. I even had a few shares, so special shout out to my Sharers! 

Permaculture is a huge topic with so many multi-facets. So I thought I would define Permaculture  to get us started.

What is Permaculture? 

Defined as - per·ma·cul·ture - noun

" the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient".

I have summed it up in what I think to be a pretty precise little paragraph about it.

Permaculture is an innovative and ethics based design, making agriculture more sustainable by symbolically caring for the earth, people and sharing resources. The design of a permaculture system uses the existing natural environment to grow and produce food without the use of harsh chemicals, plowing or expensive farm machinery. It is natures version of ecologically sustainable agriculture and can be adapted to any land with minimal cost. It uses less labor and water than traditional agriculture. As a result of using permaculture practices, food production increases as the plant varieties are adapted to the specific climate and seasons. Permaculture can be used by anyone and anywhere.

Permaculture has 3 ethics –

        Care for the earth

        Care for the people (who, are part of the earth, not separate)

        Share equally of all resources (which is part of caring of course!)

I feel this is a pretty good brief definition about "What is Permaculture?" As you read, permaculture is a simple yet intricately connect natural system that is all encompassing with many elements. So keeping this short and on point to my blog style, I will go into each topic in the up coming days. Stay tuned.

 

Adios fellow Permies from El Tambo Nicaragua

Cade

Permaculture. Life starts with a name.

Hi, its Cade here from MESA Sostenible, permaculture farm stay and cooking experience.. Welcome to our Blog! This is my first Blog. I hope to make this fun, interesting and educational. I get a kick out of writing so here it goes. 

This is the beginning of the journey for MESA Sostenible, Ron, myself and our growing team here in El Tambo, Nicaragua.  So, first things first, what does MESA Sostenible mean? Well, in Spanish it means "Sustainable Table." Your probably asking why did they call it Sustainable Table? 

"Since the beginning of time, people have come together around a table to celebrate the bounty the earth has offered them. The table being the center of unity for families, communities and religion. Its not about the physical table itself but the unity in people it creates. Mesa Sostenible focuses on bringing sustainability to the table in the moment of unity."

So this is how the name MESA Sostenible was born. You have read, witnessed and hopefully liked my first short blog. Share it online so your friends will know too.

I look forward to this journey together as we plant, build and grow here in El Tambo, Nicaragua. 

Until next time,

Adios Amigos

Cade