Earlier this summer it was so nice to wake up in the cool morning of the Rockies, make some coffee (tea for Angie) and start the bacon cooking on the Coleman stove. To me, there’s nothing like the aroma of coffee with the sight and sound of thick cut pepper bacon sizzling from the campsite...unless it's a Hatch green chile smothered avocado toast with bacon and egg!  

When we're lucky enough to have Kansas mornings in the 60’s, I find myself attempting to duplicate that Rocky Mountain breakfast on the patio. I'll make coffee with the French press and bacon on the grill. Add a fried egg, butter toasted toast with avocado and top it with some Hatch, and it’s almost as good … until the mosquitoes think they are invited. Then I’m swatting the nuisance pests and heading back into the house pretty quickly. That's when I must come up with a plan to repel the insects.

In Colorado, we had pretty good luck repelling mosquitoes with Murphy’s Repellent Incense Sticks. With 10% plant-based repellent oil content, the sticks have the pleasant aroma of citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, cedar and peppermint oils. They're great for the campsite or patio. 

In the evenings we light a Murphy’s Repellant Candle, which is a citrusy blend of rosemary, peppermint, and lemongrass oils that will burn for up to 30 hours. These wonderful candles are made in the USA from 100% natural soy and beeswax, in a recyclable tin, and are free of petroleum, dyes and synthetic fragrance.

I also like to recommend ferti-lome MosquitoGo granules because it's safe around kids and pets! MosquitoGo Granules create an irritant scent barrier using natural cedar oil to repel ants, fleas, roaches, beetles, crickets, mosquitoes, chiggers, chinch bugs, flies, and gnats. One bag covers 5,000 sq. ft. of landscape or turf.

We’ve continued to restock our selection of ornamentals, annuals and perennials, so if you are looking for a plant to add color to your place, come see us.

Your friend in the garden,
Marty Johnson