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Strong smelling plants to combat farmyard smell!

ShoeiShoei Posts: 6
Hi Guys,
Now don't get me wrong, I'm a born and bred country girl who lives on family farm, so I know farms smell!
The neighbours have taken to keeping pigs, in a shed and they are about the strongest smelling creatures you can get.
I can't very well complain, so I'd like to make the best of the situation with plants. Any suggestions? We have quite a large plot that wraps around the house so a varied selection would be great.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151
    I grew up on a pig farm
    ... can’t remember any plants that combatted eau de swine ... I would add that I spent the week before my wedding scrubbing out farrowing sties. Nowadays the smell from a piggery reminds me of home. 🤣 
    Welcome to the club 🤗 😉 

    PS ... stock up on sticky fly strips or buy one of those blue light zappers that they have in butcher’s shops 🪰 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Common lilac(Syringa vulgaris) is nice in spring and I read somewhere that it was used to hide the smell from outdoor toilets in the past. The climber honeysuckle (Lonicera henryi) can be good in summer with lavenders also smelling nice around then. Later in the summer and autumn I find buddleia smells nice and in winter maybe the sweet box(sarcococca) might be the best option for providing a nice fragrance.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,963
    Many lilies are very strongly scented throughout the day and evening.
    Nicotiana Sylvestris gives an amazing strong scent in the evening.
    Trachelospermum Jasminoides is also very strongly scented as a climber, but not hardy in all parts of the UK
    Gertrude Jekyll is a very fragrant and beautiful rose

    Billericay - Essex

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    Night scented stock too......
  • It seems to me though that perhaps you might have a word with your neighbours... depending on the circumstances of course. Are they on a farm? I struggle to imagine that it’s OK to stink out one’s neighbours with pigs at close quarters...
  • ShoeiShoei Posts: 6
    Unfortunately, we are both farms so animal smells come with the territory I'm afraid. 
    There's some great ideas on here guys, thanks 
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,546
    Nothing masks the smell of pig shht
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ShoeiShoei Posts: 6
    Lol it is the worst isn't it!!!
  • Just remembered another good one is Mahonia that flowers around now. If it is any reassurance I have heard it said a few times that after a few weeks of exposure to the same smell our sense of smell switches off to that smell anyway so even without the flowers the pig smell should be less of noticeable over time.
    Happy gardening!
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Lovely! I think you may have to get used to it! What's that 'nose blind' advert all about???
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