When it comes to taking care of your garden, if you are looking for more environmentally friendly options as an alternative to the chemical-based pesticides and fertilizers, you should consider vinegar.
White distilled vinegar is cheap, easily available, and provides safe and natural ways to protect and improve your garden and gardening tools.
Here are 10 Uses of Vinegar in the Garden
Deter Cats and Other Pests
The strong smell of vinegar repels animals like rodents, moles, dogs, cats and rabbits. You can also soak several old clothes or fabric in white vinegar and place them around where pests come most. You should reapply vinegar on them after it rains.
Clean Clay Pots
With time, clay pots absorb minerals, calcium, and salt from the water and the fertilizers and lose their original color. To bring back the color you can do the following procedure:
- First, use an old brush to remove crusty residues from the pots
- When the pot is all cleaned up, dip it into 20-25 percent vinegar solution and keep it for 20 to 30 minutes.
- If the color is really damaged use undiluted vinegar to clean them up.
If you ever had ants appear in your home, then you know how annoying those little insects can be. The next time when the ants appear used vinegar to get rid of them because vinegar acts as a natural insecticide. Pour vinegar to the places where you’ve seen ants and they will run away. Reapply every other day to make sure they’ll stay away for good.
Remove Weeds from Walls and Walkways
To get rid of the unwanted weed on walls and walkways, spray some pure white vinegar mixed with a cup of salt, a tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of dish soap in it. Mix it well and spray it on the weeds.
Extend the Life of Cut Flowers
Make the flowers in your vase last longer, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar and fill the vase with water. Change the water of the flowers every 5 days.
Vinegar Garden Insect Spray
Vinegar is a very effective insecticide. Mix three parts of water, one part vinegar and a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Pour it in a spray bottle and shake it well.
Deter Fruit Flies
Protect your fruit garden from fruit flies:
- Use 1/2 of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of molasses, a cup of water and ¼ cup of sugar.
- Mix it well and pour the mixture into an empty bowl that you can hang on the affected tree where it will attract and trap fruit flies.
Make Acid Loving Plants Happy
Help your rhododendrons, gardenias or azaleas to thrive faster by using vinegar. Pour a cup of white vinegar into a gallon of water and use it to water your acid loving plants.
Clean Rust from Garden Tools
Clean the rust of your tools with undiluted vinegar. Spray vinegar directly on your tools or dip them in undiluted vinegar. After few minutes wash the tools.
Save Plants from Fungus
If your plants are struggling to grow and you start to notice some black spots all over them it is likely that they suffer from the fungal disease. You can protect them with white vinegar.
Combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar with chamomile tea and spray it on the diseased plants and see the difference.
If the plants in question are your roses, the method is slightly different. Mix 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar to 4 liters of water and spray the roses.