Vinegar has a wide range of uses, and despite its kitchen uses, it can be of great help in the garden as well.
Commercial fertilizers are loaded with harmful chemicals which endanger our health and are quite expensive, and on the other hand, vinegar is affordable and eco-friendly.
Here are 12 ways in which you can use it in the garden:
1. Deters Pests and Cats
Rodents, moles, rabbits, dogs and cats hate the smell of vinegar. Keep out these visitors from the garden with the help of white vinegar. Just spray some around the garden and the animals won’t come. You can also soak old clothes in vinegar and put them on stakes in the garden. Replace them after every rain.
2. Cleans Clay Pots
Clay pots keep the soil moist and protect the roots during the hot summer days. Also, they are an attractive decorating element in your garden.
However, clay pots tend to absorb salt and minerals from the water, which makes them look unattractive. For this purpose, vinegar is the perfect solution. It will make your old clay pots look clean and bright.
You just have to:
– Scrub the pots’ crusty residues.
– Add a cup of 5% vinegar to 3-4 cups of water and sip the clay pots in it. Leave them for 30 minutes.
– If there are still more residues, wipe them off with some undiluted vinegar.
3. Removes Ants
Vinegar is a powerful organic insecticide. Use vinegar and spray it all over the house and get rid of ants. Repeat the procedure after a couple of days.
4. Removes Weeds
Make a mixture of a cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and a gallon of 5% white vinegar. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it all over your garden.
5. Extends The Life of Cut Flowers
Add two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar in a vase. Put the flowers in the vase and change it every 3-5 days. In this way, your flowers will get the proper “food” that will extend their life.
6. Repels Weeds
You can use it to get rid of the weeds on your walkways and walls, and thus enhance the entire look of your garden.
7. Eliminates Garden Insects
In a spray bottle, mix 3 parts of water, 1 part of vinegar, and a teaspoon of dishwashing agent, and spray it around to fight garden insects.
8. It removes fruit flies
Mix cup of water with ¼ cup of sugar, ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbs. of molasses and pour it in a container. Hang the container on the fruit tree and the flies will attack it and get trapped in. It can be also used for household flies.
9. It refreshes the acid loving plants
Keep the rhododendrons, gardenias and azaleas happy. Mix 1 gallon of water and a cup of vinegar and water the plants and you’ll notice significant growth.
10. Removes Rust from Garden Tools
Disinfect your garden tools naturally. Just dip them in some undiluted vinegar or just spray it on the tools. Rinse them well.
11. Fight Fungus
Brew some chamomile tea and add 2 teaspoons of vinegar. After that, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your plants to eliminate fungus or mold. In this way, you will defend your plants from destructive diseases and boost their growth. If you plant roses, add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 4 liters of water. After that, spray the roses to remove fungus.
12. It kills slugs and snails
Use white vinegar to keep away the slugs and snails from the garden.
The vinegar can be used when germinating seeds especially for glories, asparagus, okra, Moonflowers and other that don’t do very easily. Rub the seeds with coarse sandpaper one night before you plant them. Mix 500 ml warm water, 125 ml vinegar and a little washing-up liquid. Soak the seeds and plant them the next day. They’ll start growing very soon.