As I wrote my article about Vinegar — A Useful Item in Camping, I found some interesting uses of vinegar in the home and garden as well. Vinegar can do a lot of wonders from dandruff free solution, fabric conditioner alternative to weed and pest control. Furthermore, it is organic, inexpensive, environment friendly and readily available which makes it a perfect buddy at home and outdoors. So let me list some useful tips you can use vinegar in your garden.
Having a problem with fungal diseases on your plants? Just mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and mix it with 4 litres of compost tea and spray it to your garden plants. In addition, mix 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar and 4 litres of water then spray it to your roses to control the black spots and fungal diseases present in them. This mixture can also control the mildew on your garden plants. You can opt to use compost tea in your for best results.
Increase soil’s acidity and neutralize garden lime
A cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 gallon of tap water will surely invigorate you acid-loving plants such as hydrangeas and azaleas. The vinegar solution will increase the soil’s acidity and also release iron in the soil for plants to use. You can also neutralize garden lime by adding white distilled vinegar to the area.
Soaking seeds in the vinegar solution ( 500 ml warm water,125 ml vinegar and squirt of dish washing vinegar) overnight will improve its germination success rate. Moreover, you need to gently rub the seeds that are difficult to germinate with coarse sandpaper before soaking them in vinegar solution overnight.
Grass and Weed Killer (Herbicide)
As mentioned on my previous post, 5 Effective Homemade Weed Killers, vinegar is an effective weed killer. Spray white distilled vinegar on the weeds regularly until it dies. You may also directly pour the white distilled vinegar on them but keep in mind that by doing so it may kill that surrounding plants as well. This method is perfect in clearing pathways and sidewalk cracks. Another effective method is mixing 1 litre of boiled water, 2 tablespoon of salt and 5 tablespoon of vinegar then pour it onto the grass and weeds while still hot.
Effective Pest Control
Say goodbye to slugs, snails, ants and other pest that plague your garden. Spray the slugs and snails directly with vinegar and they will die. Just be careful though, for vinegar as mentioned earlier is a herbicide which can also kill plants. Spray or wipe vinegar on the areas which you find ants and they will stay away from it.
Cost- Effective Fertilizer
Mixing 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar and 1 gallon of water can be used as as mild and cost-effective fertilizer to potted plants. Moreover, combining vinegar mixture (1:8 ratio of vinegar and water) and sugar mixture (1:8 ratio of sugar and water) can add nutrients to your plants.
- Love flowers indoors? Preserve them by adding 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar and use this as water in vases. See these fresh cut flowers last longer than using plain water. Make sure to change water 2-3 days.
- Rinsing your hand after a garden work with white distilled vinegar will also prevent skin problems.
- Tired of hens pecking each other in their chicken coop? Adding 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar to their drinking water will stop them.
It is amazing how versatile this household item both at home and outdoors. So be sure to always have one in your home. Do you have some more tips to add? Feel free to comment on this post.