Living close to a creek and seeing the results of insecticides and pollutants from the road and erosion has only strengthened my appreciation for natural remedies for pest control in the gardens and backyard. Our wet summer has also caused a serious mosquito problem, so I have been mixing up my own ointments to ward off these insects. Herbs such as basil, catnip, lemon balm, rosemary and rose geraniums are a few of the plants that have...