Master Gardener Marilyn Cox started I Must Garden in 2004. She was unhappy with the repellents on the market and had used alternative remedies in her garden. After years of experimenting and testing, she began her company in the Triangle, providing alternatives for gardening and pest control that are all-natural and safer for everyone: children, pets, the environment, you, and even the animals being repelled. (The products qualify for exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.) She also supports local economies by only selling through independent stores.
I Must Garden products are made in North Carolina using only ingredients deemed "generally regarded as safe" by the EPA. The ingredients include concentrated botanical oils that repel without harming animals (they make the plants unappetizing to pests); vegetable oils that repel but mostly are used to alter the physical properties of the spray; and other repellant ingredients, from bone meal and fish oil (which repel herbivores and also fertilize) to spices like paprika that come from plants that animals avoid in nature. Products range from deer and squirrel repellants to flea-tick-mosquito spray. Read all about the products and ingredients on their website, www.imustgarden.com . Watch a video about the company from UNC-TV.