Banish Mosquitos With Beautiful DIY Kokedama String Gardens

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According to my weather forecaster, because of the unusually mild winter, we're in for a mosquito and rodent filled summer. Rather than hide inside or surround yourself with DEET and Citronella candles, why not try making your own repellent? These string gardens are so beautiful and sweet-smelling that no one will guess their real purpose.

Kokedama is a kind of Japonese gardening that is essentially bonsai grown in ball form, covered in moss and living outside of a pot. Design*Sponge's version uses rosemary and lavender, which both have mosquito-repelling properties and are pet friendly. The finished product costs about $50 and not only looks lovely, but smells good and keeps you itch free, too!

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