[tps_header]You use vinegar a great deal in your kitchen and likely the rest of your home, but did you know that it can really help you in the garden as well? Read on to see suggestions![/tps_header]
If you have ant pests, you can deter them by spraying a vinegar and water mix on the anthills and the places you don’t want to find ants. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and to make the mixture, you simply mix water and vinegar 1:1. Search out the paths the ants use, the areas they tend to want to go to. Spray these areas. The ants do not like the smell of the vinegar, so they will stay away!
Get your clay pots clean again
Your clay pots make lovely settings for your potted plants outdoors in the summer. They keep the dirt cool around the plant’s roots, keep water from sitting in the plant’s roots, and have that lovely burnished look. As you pull them out of storage to plant your annuals, you may notice that they look dirty and dingy. That is from the calcium, minerals and salts they have absorbed over time from the dirt, fertilizers and even the water that they have been exposed to. The good news is that you can wipe them down well with vinegar and all this is easily removed, returning your clay pots to the gorgeous original beatury you love.
Animal pest repellents
Your garden isn’t just a feast for you, but also for those critters that love the fresh snacks as well. You likely have come up with several ways to battle the deer, rabbits, cats, dogs, moles and other rodents that want to steal your harvest bounty. But vinegar can really be a help in this as well. The critters don’t like the smell of vinegar. For best effects, soak cloths, rags or old clothes in white vinegar and place around your garden where the critters choose to frequent. You will need to reapply the vinegar about every six to seven days to keep it effective at keeping the critters at bay.
Vinegar, when sprayed directly onto weeds, undiluted, will kill them within a few days. It is quite effective for weed control and has no nasty side effects. This is one way to wage war on those weeds that just keep coming back again and again.
Fruit fly eliminator
Those pesty little buggers can really affect your fruit crop, and certainly become an intense annoyance in the house. With this simple vinegar based bait, you can attract and capture them. Mix one cup water, a half a cup of apple cider vinegar, a quarter cup of vinegar, and one tablespoon of molasses. Place this in an empty container and hang it by your affected tree or area. This is also very useful for eliminating house flies.
Add life to your cut flowers
You cut a gorgeous bouquet from your garden and want to make the most of it. Vinegar will help you with this task as well. Two tablespoons of vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar and one liter of water will help your cut blooms last longer for you to enjoy!
Keeping rust off your tools
Your lovely garden tools sooner or later will start to become rusted. Soak the tools in straight vinegar for a few minutes, rinse, and scrub down the tool. Rust is gone and deterred. This also works wonderfully for birdbaths and birdhouses.
Buzz off garden bugs
Those unwanted garden bugs need to be warned away, and thankfully, vinegar can help you with this as well. Mix three parts water, one part vinegar and a tsp of dishwashing soap and shake up the bottle. Then go ahead and spray in the garden to get rid of those insect pests.
Some of your plants really love acid rich soils for their best productivity. Your flowering azaleas, gardenias and rhododendrons all will flower better in more acidic soil. If you have hard water, you can add a cup of vinegar to 1.1 gallon (or four liters) of water. This also helps release iron into the dirt for the plants to have access to. When your soil is lime rich, the vinegar will neutralize the excess lime and assist your soil.
Fighting plant fungus
Fungal diseases can be another battle for the gardener. They cause your plants to really struggle, and reduces the beauty of your roses with black spots. Vinegar is a huge help in this area as well. Two tablespoons of white vinegar to 1.1 gallons (4 liters) of water give you a great compost tea that you can spray on your plants in your garden. If you are fighting fungus on roses, you want to do something somewhat different. You will want to have three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1.1 gallon (4 liters) of water to spray on the roses. This same mix will also fight powdery mildew on all of your plants when you spray it directly on them.
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