Avoid insects disturbing your al fresco dining experience with this step-by-step guide to making natural bug repellent. 

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Enjoy relaxing in your garden this summer and dining al fresco without being interrupted by pesky bugs and insects. The gardening experts at Dobbies Garden Centres have shared a natural way of keeping those bugs at bay this season. It also makes for a quick and easy craft project, which can be made out of recycled materials.

What you will need

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  • Kilner glass jars 
  • Water 
  • Fresh lemons 
  • Fresh limes 
  • Fresh sprigs of rosemary 
  • Essential oils: cedarwood, lavender, lemon and thieves 
  • Floating tealight candles


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  1. Gather everything you need and remove the lids on the kilner jars. Cut the lemons and limes into slices.
  2. Fill the jars three-quarters full with water. To each one add 2 slices of lemon, 2 of lime, 2 sprigs of rosemary and 10 drops of each essential oil (40 in total).
  3. Top up with more water if needed. Float a tealight on the top, then light it to warm the water and release the aroma of the oils.
  4. Place on tables near to where you will be sitting to keep the bugs away! Make fresh jars every 2-3 days. 


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