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DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in backyard, garden, garden art, outdoors | 19 comments

I have declared war.

War against the mosquito.

I am determined to win this.

 As I shared yesterday,

I do have a tendency towards stubborn.

Hopefully this trait will be helpful in this battle as well.

I have developed a 2 part plan.

You can’t win without a plan, right?

DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath @ DaisyMaeBelle

Part 1 of the plan:

Welcome all birds.

I want every mosquito eating bird on the block to find its home here in my yard.

I want my yard to be a bird’s paradise.

A place to frolic,

play,

bath,

and EAT mosquitos.

Supplies for DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath @ DaisyMaeBelle

So I must provide that playground.

I’ve already made one bird bath.

And here is another super easy one.

Supplies:

42″ 3 ring tomato cage

11″ terra cotta saucer

1 Morning Glory

DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath @ DaisyMaeBelle

I planted the Morning Glory.

(A super fast growing annual vine.)

The idea being that in a couple of weeks, this tomato cage will no longer be visible due to the Morning Glory.

DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath @ DaisyMaeBelle

I inserted the tomato cage,

making sure to keep it level.

DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, added the clay saucer.

Which nestles perfectly in the top ring.

Mosquito Fighting Plants @ DaisyMaeBelle

Part 2 of the plan:

Repel those that aren’t eaten.

I am planting an array of lavender.

Mosquito Fighting Plants @ DaisyMaeBelle

I bought all varieties that said “fragrant” on the label.

Mosquito Fighting Plants @ DaisyMaeBelle

I have heard that mosquitos don’t like the smell.

Mosquito Fighting Plants @ DaisyMaeBelle

Luckily, most humans do.

Mosquito Repelling Plants @ DaisyMaeBelle

I also purchased Lemon Grass.

(I could not find it at the nursery – I was looking for something that did not appear quite so dead?!)

Mosquito Repelling Plants @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, Citronella scented Geranium.

There’s the battle plan.

I am determined to win!

If anyone else has any mosquito fighting advice,

please share!

Life to the full!

Melissa

 

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19 Comments

  1. You go girl!!! I know you are going to win the battle against those little rascals.
    I love the bird feeder and plan to make one for my own garden.

  2. This is so creative Melissa! I will be trying these plants this year, those little buggers like to come out in the evening when you are trying to relax outside, so annoying. Hope you can share this with us at Pretty Things this week!

    xo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/2013/04/pretty-things-link-party-17-and-party.html

  3. I wish you a lot of luck in your war against the mosquitoes! If it doesn’t work, you have one heck of a good looking bird bath!! Let us see it after that morning glory goes crazy!!

    XO,
    Jane

  4. Keep you eye on the morning glory as it can get out of hand really quick. Took over my yard quicker than you can click your eyes.

    We don’t have mosq. here in CA so I don’t have to worry about them. But it sounds like you have a handle on it.

    Love the bird bath – they will love that.
    Happy gardening.
    Mary

  5. Melissa, I feel your pain! Here in Mississippi, those suckers are already on full-attack mode! They’re so big, I think there just might be legislation put forth to make the mosquito our state bird! I think I have tried every suggestion on Pinterest to no avail. One of our local nurseries suggested lemon grass, so I think you’re on to something here! Best of luck to ya! ; )

  6. You seem well armed, I’m sure you’ll win the war. We have to use a fogger at the cabin sometimes. It’s amazing how well they work.

  7. Great idea!

  8. I wish you the best in keeping those pests away. I’m planting lemon grass, too, for the same effect. What a lovely idea about the morning glories and the bird bath. I started some from seed but hadn’t really thought about where they would go… good idea!

  9. Where are all of those plants being planted??? In the saucer? Around the morning glory other places??

  10. i am jealous that you can start planting already!! it has been so cold and snowy and rainy here i was just looking forward to green grass and warm. I forgot about the mosquitos. i will be adopting your plans also,
    i hate having to put spray on just to sit outside.

  11. I REALLY like this idea. And I’d never thought of the fact that ATTRACTING birds will be good in terms of getting mosquito eaters! I think I see a tomato cage and a morning glory in my future!

  12. I love your tomato cage birdbath. Thanks for the mosquito repellant info, and best of luck in your fight with the little buggers. I agree, your beautiful yard is well worth the battle!

  13. What a good idea and your yard is lovely. I am visiting you via No Minimalist Here. Do stop by My Dream Canvas to see my latest makeover. Thanks!!

  14. saw you at Imparting Grace.love this birdbath,we too are in a war with the sqeeters.
    I’ve been wanting to use our wire mater cages for something other than maters,this is great idea.I’m gonna have to copycat!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    And we need luck with those pesky sqeeters.Good Luck.
    Jo @ LoblollyLane

  15. Invite Purple Martins (birds) into your backyard with a special house. I know Martins had the houses a couple of years ago. They will eat their fill of the little pests. The Martin (bird, not nursery) are shy and need a really tall pole for the house.This is on my to do list for this summer.

  16. I hope you win the war and I will look forward to hearing how it goes. We never use our backyard in mosquito season…I could use a battleplan! I would love if you would share this at my link party. http://www.realcoake.com/2013/04/real-family-fun-11.html
    Take care,
    KC

  17. What a great idea.
    Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.
    Sherry

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