Midgie Mayhem!

Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Us gardeners have a lot to deal with in the garden. From slugs and snails to fungal diseases and mossy lawns there is always something for us to fight. But here in Scotland one of the BIG issues (which is ironic as they are so teeny weeny!) is the midgie. It strikes fear into the hearts of all of us outdoor adventurers. So what are they, why are they so annoying and what can we do to fight back?..

I'll show you how to make this beautiful midgie candle

I’ll show you how to make this beautiful midgie candle

The Facts:

How to escape the midge

So, now you have read the scary facts (!), how can we try and avoid being bitten by these little critters? Here is the “Lulu’s Garden” guide to keeping the midgies away this summer…
  • Sit in the sun – midgies prefer shady spots (I know, I know, it’s Scotland but we can but hope!)
  • Avoid sitting out in early morning and late evening, the midgies’ favourite munching times!
  • It is claimed wearing light coloured clothes can help keep midgies away (although they are determined blighters and that alone won’t be your saviour!)
  • You can get an anti midgie hat to wear (although it won’t do much for your street cred!)
  • If you have a particularly bad problem with midgies in your garden you could consider a midgie machine. Manufacturers claim these are very effective (and many users back this up) although M&D had one and returned it as it didn’t catch any in our garden! Some camp sites have these in their grounds to make your stay more comfortable.
  • Use a midgeĀ repellent. My mummy (who, like me, midgies love dearly) swears by Skin So Soft from Avon. However, there is a lovely new product which has just arrived on the market too. It’s called “Midge Magic” and it’s handmade in Scotland (so they understand the midgie issue!) by the clever people at Yumm Naturally in Crieff. It is made with 100% natural ingredients and is deet free. Not only does it keep midgies away but it also smells lovely and keeps your skin lovely and soft. It’s fine for littllies like me to use although pregnant ladies (like my Mummy!) should avoid using it during their first trimester.
The clever people at Yumm have created this brand new product (and they understand midgies!)

The clever people at Yumm have created this
brand new product (and they understand midgies!)

  • Make a midgie candle. I love this idea as it’s totally natural, smells awesome, looks pretty and is lots of fun to make. Here’s how…

Make A Midgie Candle

I was joined by my clever friends Dylan & MaisieĀ to help make our midgie candle

I was joined by my clever friends Dylan
& MaisieĀ to help make our midgie candle

You will need:
  • An empty, clean jar
  • Citronella oil
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Floating candle
What you need to make your candle

What you need to make your midgie candle

To make:
1. Get a nice, clean jar. We used a kilner jar as they are pretty but you could use any jar (just make sure you eat all the jam and clean it out first!)

2. Ask a grown up to slice the lemon and lime.

3. Pick some mint and rosemary from your herb garden.

4. Layer the lemon, lime, mint and rosemary so that you have lots packed into your jar and it looks pretty.

5. Carefully pour the citronella oil over the top.

6. Add the floating candle (1)

7. Ask a grown up to light your candle and keep the midgies away! (2)

Although the candle smells lovely to us, midgies hate the citrus smell so will stay well away. This will be the first thing I pack when I go on holiday!
Hope you manage to avoid being bitten.
Lulu xx
1. If you don’t have a floating candle you can make your own. Take a tea light and remove it from its metal casing. Underneath you will see a piece of metal which holds the wick in place. Ask a grown up to melt some wax from another candle so that the metal is completely covered and then leave to dry. Your tea light will now float!
2. Always be super careful around candles and never leave them unattended.
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