Do you have problems in your garden such as pests, insects, weeds, rusted tools, molds on pots, etc? Why not use something from your kitchen, the Vinegar! Vinegar contains acetic acid and this mild acid will help you in some of your garden problems. These are just few uses of vinegar, there’s a lot more but I am just giving you 7 of its uses.
- Insect Repellent
Insects are always the problems of gardeners and they are spending more money to get rid of these pests. Vinegar has gazillion uses and one of them is to repel these stubborn insects. Vinegar contains mild acetic acid that harms insects. So instead of buying costly insecticides which is harmful to the ecology and to humans, give natural insect repellents a try. Here are some recipe:
- Recipe # 1 – 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Add any or all of these herbs, mint, lavender, sage, thyme. Shake well and let it steep overnight. Spray it the next day.
- Recipe # 2 – 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Add 10-15 drops of any of these essential oils: mint, tea tree, spearmint, lavender, lemon, lemon grass, clove, citronella, or eucalyptus.
- Kill Weeds
Are you tired of pulling those stubborn weeds and stop them from competing nutrients with your plants? Use vinegar to kill weeds. CAUTION: Be careful in using vinegar to kill weeds because like most commercial herbicides, it’s non-selective, it can also kill your plants. But not like other weed killers, it is safe to the environment and to humans.
- Get Rid of Ants
Did you know that ants are aphids helpers? The next time you see ants in your garden, remove them immediately. To kill ants with vinegar, mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Spray directly to the ants to kill them.
- Extend Cut Flowers Life
If you’re selling cut flowers, I’m sure you will like this. It will save you from losing money. You can use vinegar to extend the life of most varieties of cut flowers. You need a combination of sugar and vinegar. The sugar will serve as food of the flowers while the vinegar creates a favorable pH balance.
- Insect Bait/Attractants
Do you know what attracts insects? The same thing that attracts us, fragrance. To prevent these insects from harming your plants, go back to your kitchen and get some vinegar and use it as insect bait/attractant. Homemade baits can reduce or eliminate the need for harsh chemical sprays.
- Recipe # 1. Submerged banana peel in a mixture of equal part sugar (or molasses) and vinegar. Add the content to a plastic jar and mix to dissolve the sugar completely. (www.homeguides.sfgate.com)
2. Recipe # 2. Pour a small amount of vinegar into the glass. Cut the corner of the plastic bag large enough for fruit flies to pass through but not so large that it will be easy for them to escape. Place the plastic bag over the glass and position the hole you’ve cut over the center. Push the cut corner down the glass to form a funnel but don’t touch the vinegar. Use rubber band to secure the plastic bag to the glass.
- Remove Rusts
To clean rusted garden tools, soak the metal in white vinegar for a few hours and then scrub it to remove the rusts. If the tool is too big to soak, pour a layer over the top and allow it time to set. (Wikihow.com)
- Clean Dirty Garden Pots
Over time, your pots will accumulate dirt, molds, and fungus and it will affect your plants. Clean them before reusing them with vinegar and water. Soak them in 3 parts water and one part vinegar. Scrub the stubborn dirt and rinse under cold water. Allow them to dry before using them.