Anyone else way behind this year when it comes to all of the outdoor stuff?? I hate to admit it but I haven’t purchased a single flower or hanging basket, let alone started planting my garden. I thought I had plenty of time – May long came and went without a freak snowstorm, so you’d think I would have had my ducks in a row shortly thereafter. Sigh. I did manage to set up and clean off our patio furniture, so there’s that right? After work one day I decided to pour myself a glass of home-made chardonnay and sit outside to enjoy the sunset & call of the loons. It was going to be amazing! I headed out in tank top, capri’s, sandals, and a smile. Approximately 3.5 seconds later I realized that I should have worn a bee keeper’s suit…complete with face mask. There is nothing relaxing about sitting in a swarm of blood thirsty pests - THE MOSQUITOS ARE THICK! As I lit the “Off” lanterns, mosquito coils & doused myself with Deep Woods I started wondering if there might be a better solution to this problem. Perhaps ones where I didn’t feel like I was inhaling chemicals with every breath. I’m sure we have all seen the many posts on Facebook & Pinterest regarding this problem: Dabbing Vic’s VaporRub on exposed areas; sliced limes with cloves; citronella candles and container planting with mosquito repelling plants like Rosemary, Marigolds and Lemon Thyme. All of these are great ideas for one small area, but if you live on an acreage like myself you might be looking for an option than covers a larger area. I recently came across a “recipe” for one such solution. Combine 1 big bottle of cheap blue mouthwash, 3 cups of Epsom Salt & 3 12oz. cans of cheap beer. Mix all ingredients together until salts dissolve. Spray anywhere you enjoy the outdoors and apparently it will detract mosquitos in that area for up to 80 days and it won’t harm plants or flowers. I’m going to try this one & let you know if it actually works. The only problem I foresee with this option is finding a few stale beer around here.