If you’re into gardening you probably use all kinds of pesticides, chemicals and toxic substances to keep those annoying pests away and ensure the growth and well-being of your garden. However, using toxic pesticides and fertilizers can be quite harmful both for your entire family, humans and pets included and even though it’s the cheapest method to keep your garden growing, you should consider some safer alternative.
Today we’re going to offer you an all-natural solution for your gardening woes – vinegar! Maybe you’ll be surprised to learn that vinegar can be quite helpful around the garden and can replace your regular pesticide, providing you with the same if not better results.
Vinegar will become your garden’s new best friend – it’s cheap, eco-friendly and effective – the best solution for everyone.
Here are 12 genius ways you can use white vinegar in your garden:
Keep those pests and pets away
If you have a problem with wondering dogs, cats, rodents, moles and rabbits in the garden, just spray the plants with some white vinegar and they’ll never come your way again. You could also soak some old clothes in vinegar and hang them around the garden.
Clean dirty clay pots
We all use clay pots in the garden, they keep the soil moist and during summer they protect your plants. However, since they absorb all the salt, minerals and calcium from the fertilizers they’re often dirty and not pretty for the eye. How can you keep them clean and beautiful? White vinegar is your answer and we’ll show you exactly how to do it.
First remove the crusty residues if there are any and then soak your pot in a 25% vinegar solution (1 cup 5% vinegar and 3 cups water). Leave the pot to soak for half an hour. Take it out and scrub off the remaining stains with pure vinegar. They’ll be shiny and beautiful again!
If you have a problem with ants white vinegar is the best insecticide you can use. Spray the affected areas and soon enough the ants will be gone for good!
Weeds can also be removed with the help of vinegar. Spray the unwanted weeds with pure vinegar and your garden will look amazing.
Cut flowers will last for longer
If you love having flowers in your vase we’ll tell you a little secret that will make them last for longer. Add 2tbsp. of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar in the vase and change the water every 3-4 days. Your flowers will last much longer.
Wipe out weeds
If you have a really big problem with weeds we’ve got an even more effective solution for you. Mix a cup of salt, 1tbsp. lemon juice and 2 tbsp. dish soap. Mix this with 5% vinegar and spray the solution all around your garden. This will eradicate the weeds!
Goodbye garden bugs
Combine 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water and add 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray as you need!
Refresh your acid loving plants
Mix one cup of vinegar with a gallon of water, and breathe new life into your gardenias, rhododendrons, and azaleas. This will boost their growth and make them even prettier.
Be gone stubborn fruit flies
Mix ½ cup of ACV, 1 tbsp. molasses, 1 cup water and ¼ cup of sugar. Transfer the mixture in a small pot and hang it in your garden. It will attract the flies and they’ll soon be trapped and wont’ annoy you anymore. It can be used for all types of flies as well.
Clean garden tools
You can use pure, undiluted vinegar to clean your gardening tools. Spray or soak them and rinse with water.
If your plants are ridden with fungi and you notice dark spots on the leaves or stems you can use vinegar to get rid of the infection. Just mix some vinegar (about 2tbsp.) with some chamomile tea and spray the solution on the affected plants.
Get rid of slugs and snails
Vinegar will keep the slugs and snails at bay and you’ll never see another one of these creatures in your garden again.
Bonus feature: Seed germination
White vinegar performs amazingly when it comes to seed germination. It can be used for asparagus, okra, glories, moonflowers and almost any type of seed that doesn’t germinate easily on its own.
Here’s what you need to do: scrub the seeds with some coarse sandpaper the night before you plant them. Mix 125ml of vinegar with half a liter water and add a bit of dishwashing liquid. Soak your seeds in this mixture and afterwards you’re good to go!
Article and image source: justnaturallyhealthy.com