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:
Removes Fruit Flies
To keep fruit flies and household flies at bay, you should mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of molasses, a quarter cup of sugar and a cup of water.
Then, pour the mixture into a suitable container and hang it on the fruit tree. Fruit flies will be trapped in it as soon as they try to attack the mixture.
You can use it to get rid of the weeds on your walkways and walls, and thus enhance the entire look of your garden.
Mold or fungus might impede the growth of your plants, and leave dark spots on their stems and leaves. However, vinegar can help you in this case as well. All you need to do is brew some chamomile tea and add 2 teaspoons of vinegar. Then, pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and spray your plants.
This will boost the growth of your plants. However, if you grow roses, add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 4 liters of water, and spray the roses to fight fungus.
To eliminate weeds, mix a cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a gallon of 5% white vinegar. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray it all over the garden.
Deters Pests and Cats
The smell of vinegar is simply awful for cats, dogs, rabbits, moles and rodents, so if you spray some white vinegar around the garden, you will keep them at bay. You can also soak some old clothes in vinegar and place them on stakes around the garden.
It is definitely one of the most powerful organic insecticides, so you can spray vinegar all over the house to remove ants. Repeat after a couple of days to ensure all ants are gone.
Extends The Life of Cut Flowers
To extend the life of your flowers and provide all the needed nutrients, keep them in a vase with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Change the mixture every 3-5 days.
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.
Removes Rust From Garden Tools
You can dip the tools in some undiluted vinegar or just spray it on tools, and rinse them well to clean them from the rust.
Cleans Clay Pots
Clay pots look attractive in the garden, but also preserve the moisture of the soil and thus and protect the roots during the summer. Yet, they also absorb salt and minerals from the water, sp you need some vinegar to clean them and make them look good again.
Initially, scrub the crusty residue. Next, add a cup of 5% vinegar to 3-4 cups of water and sip the clay pots in it and leave them thus for half an hour. Wipe the remaining residues off with some undiluted vinegar.
Destroys Snails and Slugs
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful anti-snail product, so you can use it to prevent the appearance of snails and slugs in the garden.
Refreshes The plants
To refresh your azaleas, gardenias, and rhododendrons, and boost their growth, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water and use the solution to water them.
Germination of germs
White vinegar can help you accelerate the germination of seeds, especially in the case of okra, moonflowers, asparagus, glories and such seeds that do not germinate easily.
You should rub the seeds with coarse sandpaper the night before planting them. Then, mix 125 ml of vinegar, 500 ml of warm water and a bit of washing-up liquid. Soak the seeds in this mixture, and plant them in the morning.