If you have ever done some gardening in your backyard then you will understand the overwhelming urge to protect your plants.
Most of us would immediately run-off to our local store to procure pesticides to cater for the health of our plants but these chemicals can be more detrimental to their health and even yours.
You can keep your soil healthy, fight off diseases and ward-off pests with these 18 amazing tips!
- To Boost The Quality Of Your Soil
You can bury your kitchen waste in your backyard garden. Just make a ditch and dump your waste their daily and then cover it up to avoid bad smells and flies, it will decompose and boost your soil quality.
- Regulate Your Soil’s pH Level With Coffee Grounds And Wood Ash
You will help your veggies grow very well when you regulate the pH level of your soil. If your soil is too acidic it will invariably affect the quality of your plants,but by using coffee grounds and wood ash you will improve your soil’s pH level and make it more alkaline.
- Use Weed Tea As A Fertilizer
Keep some water in the sun and then put some cut weeds in the water for some days. You will soon have a nitrogen rich soil fertilizer.
- You Can Use Pee As Fertilizer
Did you know that your pee is rich in nitrogen? However don’t pee directly on your plants as the high salt content may dry out your plant. You can pee in a bottle and dilute this pee with water in a ratio of 1:10 then apply this solution to the base of the soil near the roots of your plant.
- Use Vinegar, It’s An Effective Weed Killer
Weeds are really annoying and you can now eliminate them using vinegar.
The acid in vinegar will scorch the weeds and they will be eliminated in just a couple of days.
You can dilute the vinegar with water to reduce its acidity or even baking soda.
- You Can Also Add Eggshells And Oyster shells To Your Garden Beds
The calcium carbonate in finely crushed eggshells and oyster shells sprinkled on your garden soil will alkalise your soil and boost your soils quality.
- In Fighting Diseases
- Try To Bury Some Pennies In Your Garden
You can reduce the fungal growth in your soil when you bury copper coins in it. This is because copper is an effective fungicide and copper coins will slowly release this metal into the soil as soon as it is buried.
- Use Baking Soda To Fight Fungal Attacks
You can also use baking soda as a potent anti-fungal spray. It is easily affordable and non- toxic as well.
Just add a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and then pour this solution in a spray bottle. You can then spray your garden soil with the solution to fight off fungal infection.
- Use To Get Rid Of Bugs
- Use Neem Oil
You can protect your plants from hugs with neem oil. All you need to do is add a few drops of detergent to a teaspoon of Neem oil and 1/3 a glass of water, pour this mixture into a spray bottle shake the content well and use after 8 hours. Spray on the soil and you will ward-off bugs effectively.
- Use Other Plants To Fight Off Bugs
You can get aphid eaters which can be purchased online if you like. You can also plant clover, fennel, mint or yarrow to ward-off bugs.
- Use Borax And Honey To Fight Off Ants
To ward-off ant just mix borax and honey to get a paste which you can apply at the base of the stems of your plant to fight off ants.
- To Improve The Health Of Your Plant
You can drive in a nail into the trunk of a tree to coax it into flowering and bearing fruit. It is a common practice in Indian and don’t worry the trees are not damaged by the nails driving in it.
- Use Coconut Water To Boost Root Growth And Development
Coconut water is rich in gibberellic acid and cytokinins which are great for boosting seed germination and root development.
- Use Epsom Salt To Improve The Quality Of Your Fruit
Let epsom salt improve the quality of your fruits as it will boost the magnesium in your soil.
You should mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt in warm water and a spray bottle, shake well and apply by spraying on your plants for at least a fortnight. Soon after your plants will flower and fruits will follow immediately after.
- Use Tubs Of Water To Prolong Your Plants Growing Season
Regulate your gardens micro-environment using tables of water. You will heat up the garden soil and water via solar radiation during the day and will cool at night, the water will then slowly release the heat at night thereby keeping the soil warm this is especially useful during winter season.
- You Can Boost The Iron Content Of Your Soil With Rusty Nails
By putting rusty nails in the water you intend using to wet your garden plants with you will increase the iron content of your soil. When plants are deficient in iron it is known as a condition called iron chlorosis and it is characterised by a yellowing of your plants leaves and at the same time their veins remain green. When plants are unable to absorb iron in the soil it can lead to an increase in the soil’s phosphorus level.
- You Can Also Play Music
This may sound weirdness but plants have been seen to respond well to some music played and as a result their growth improves.
Biologists believe that plants prefer classical and jazz music but hate rock.
So you can try this out today and watch as your plants grow beautifully.