There are many chemical based pesticides and fertilizers on the market which are not only expensive they are also harmful for the environment and your health. So, if you are looking for more environmentally friendly options when it comes to taking care of your garden consider vinegar.
White distilled vinegar will provide many safe and natural ways to protect and improve your garden and gardening tools. Vinegar is cheap, easily available and harmless for you, your family and your garden.
Here are 12 Uses of Vinegar in the Garden
- Deter Cats and Other Pests
Vinegar has strong smell which animals like rodents, moles, dogs, cats and rabbits don’t like. So if you want to deter cats from your garden, especially from that sand-pit you may have for the children, which cats will use as their private toilet, heavily spray full-strength vinegar around the edges of the sandpit. Cats will definitely stay away from it. You can also soak several old clothes in white vinegar and place them on stakes around your garden where pests come most. Don’t forget to re-apply vinegar after it rains.
- Clean Clay Pots
Clay pots keep the soil moist enough but never too soggy and they protect plant roots from overheating in the summer. Their red colour is very attractive and gives nice look to our gardens. However, with time, clay pots absorb minerals, calcium and salt from the water and the fertilizers and that make them look ugly. You can use vinegar to give them back their colour. Do the following procedure:
- Remove crusty residues from the pots using any kind of scrub brush.
- Once you brush away the superficial soil, dip the pot in a 20 to 25 percent vinegar solution (add a cup of 5% acidity white vinegar in 3 or 4 cups of water) for 20 to 30 minutes.
- For really tough residues, like those around the rim of the pot, use some undiluted vinegar to clean them up.
- Repel Ants
If you have problems with ants use vinegar to get rid of them because vinegar acts as an organic insecticide. Apply full-strength vinegar to the places where you’ve seen ants and they will run away. Reapply every few days to make sure they’ll stay far away for good.
- Remove Weeds on Walls and Walkways
To kill unwanted weed on walls and walkways, spray some pure white vinegar on them and enjoy in your beautiful garden with no weeds.
- Extend the Life of Cut Flowers
Make your cut flowers last a little longer by making your own feed for them. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar in one-quart vase of water. Then trim the stems of the flowers. Change the solution every 5 days or sooner if necessary.
- Kill Weeds
An effective and inexpensive way to kill weeds that destroy your beautiful garden is by applying some white vinegar.
- Take a gallon of 5% white vinegar.
- Add a cup of salt, a tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of dish soap in it.
- Stir the mixture well.
- Put on a pair of gloves and pour the solution in a sprayer.
- Spray it on the weeds. Make sure to soak all the leaves.
- Vinegar Garden Insect Spray
Vinegar is very effective ingredient when it comes to eliminating garden insects. Make a solution of three parts of water, one part vinegar and a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and shake it well before using it in the garden.
- Deter Fruit Flies
Protect your fruit crops from fruit flies by making this solution.
- Use half a cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of molasses, a cup of water and ¼ cup of sugar.
- Mix it all together and pour the solution in an empty container which you can hang on the affected tree.
- See how this will attract and trap fruit flies.
Note: You can use this solution for household flies too.
- Make Acid Loving Plants Happy
Give a quick boost to rhododendrons, gardenias or azaleas by using vinegar. Add a cup of white vinegar into a gallon of water and use this solution to water your acid loving plants. This will help them thrive faster.
- Clean Rust from Garden Tools
Clean your rusted tools with undiluted vinegar. Spay some vinegar on your tools or dip them in undiluted vinegar and leave them for a few minutes allowing the vinegar to do its job. Then rinse and clean the tools.
- Save Plants from Fungus
Have you noticed that your plants are struggling to grow and there are some black spots all over them or they suffer from some other fungal disease or mold. Protect them with white vinegar.
Combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar in brewed chamomile tea and spray the mixture on the affected plants in your garden. Spray your garden plants and see the difference.
If your roses are suffering from some fungal disease, the method is slightly different. Add 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar to 4 liters of water and spray your roses to control those fungal diseases.
- Kill Slugs and Snails
Use vinegar as organic pesticide to deter slugs and snails from your garden. Vinegar acts as a poison to slugs and snails and kills them immediately. Not in vain are gardeners using this method more and more these days.
Vinegar for Seed Germination
Vinegar can also be very useful for seed germination, especially for those seeds that are more difficult to germinate like okra, asparagus, moonflowers and glories.
The night before planting, first rub the seeds gently between two pieces of coarse sandpaper. Next, dip the seeds in 500 ml warm water, 125 ml of vinegar and a squirt of washing-up liquid and leave it to overnight. The following day, plant the seeds as usual.
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