Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Authors In Bloom Blog Hop


I know it’s difficult to believe but spring is just around the corner! Whether you love to putter in your garden, get by doing only the basics, or just relish the cookouts ~ you will still spend time outside. Here’s a tip that will make your time outdoors much more enjoyable.

Plant a few pots of Lemon Grass – also known as Mosquito Grass. Here are a few reasons why:

1) Lemon or Mosquito Grass contains more citronella than the Mosquito Plant. The strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away.

2) The plant is beautiful and serves as a great patio plant.

3) Lemon Grass is used in the cooking of Oriental cuisine, adding a light lemony taste.

4) The Lemon Grass is a fast-growing clumping grass that is ideal for containers.

A perfect addition to any garden or patio. Pretty to look at, keeps the mosquitoes at bay, and is a wonderful cooking herb!


Stop by each blog and pick up a great gardening tip or recipe.

 GRAND PRIZE IS~ An ereader of your choice (up to $200 value)

2nd Prize is ~ a $25 gift card to the eBook retailer of your choice

In order to be eligible for the grand prize, visitors must hit each and every author on the hop. 
So stop by the blogs and enter each individual contest! You can’t win if you don’t enter!

For my contest please follow:

1) This blog

2) My website at:  http://joannejaytanie.com/

Make sure to come back here and leave a comment when you have finished. That enters you in my giveaway and the Grand Prize giveaway. My giveaway winner will be selected through Random.

The winner of my giveaway wins an eBook copy of one of my books ~ winner’s choice!!

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Also include the code for the entire linky list at the end of your post to help facilitate the hop:


  1. Hey, Joanne! Following you on here with gfc smiles and on your other site through notsuchatabularasa for reader. And email is ___@___.___.___, fill in the blanks with smiles, alumni, cmu, edu. Love the tip about the mosquito grass! So nice to keep the pests away using something natural. I think my parents get the stuff to use around their back porch every summer. Me, I don't know how long it's been since I've seen a mosquito. The perks of moving out to Seattle!! :D

    1. Hi Smiles!! Thanks for stopping by! I'm going to plant some Lemon Grass this year. We get lots of pests out here.

  2. What a great plant, definitely going to be looking into putting one on our patio.
    Already a follower
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Jean! Thanks for stopping! Good luck with the giveaway!

  3. I am following them both. Thanks for sharing your tips

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Shannon! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck! :)

  4. I've heard of lemon grass but had no idea that it kept misquitoes away! I'll have to plant a few in pots for the front and back patios!

    On this site, I'm following you via G+: Books ForMe and on your author page, I'm following you via FB: Barrie Mac


    books4me67 at ymail dot com

    1. Thanks for stopping and for following me! :) I'm with you on that - both front and back for me this year too.

  5. I learned the hard way that lemon grass is not winter hardy. I'll be looking for a new start this spring.
    casey 4 4 6 at hot mail dot com

    1. You have to bring them inside. Sorry you learned the hard way. :( Thanks for stopping by Casey.

  6. Thanks for the gardening tip! I use lemon geraniums for the same purpose. They smell wonderful! Not winter-hardy, though, so need to take indoors in the fall. I had one that lasted almost 10 years. cchant86 @ yahoo.com

    1. I've never had lemon geraniums. Thanks for the tip. I think I'll give them a try this year. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I live in Florida, so I definitely see Lemon Grass becoming a patio mainstay this Summer!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    GFC: BookAttict (Blog)
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  8. Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Your books look great! Thanks for the giveaway! eendrizzi79 at gmail dot com

  10. I love the smell of lemon grass! I need to plant some of these in my yard. Mosquitos suck in the summer here. There terrible! Thanks for sharing!