Despite being used for various purposes in the kitchen, vinegar can also be used in the garden. The fertilizers and chemicals found in the markets are usually very expensive and can lead to serious damage of the human health and of the natural environment. However, we can use vinegar instead of fertilizers and chemicals. We can all afford vinegar, which is very beneficial for the garden. When you try it, you will be amazed by its numerous uses and amazing results.
Here is a list of 12 uses of vinegar in the garden:
1. Put cats and pests off the garden
Rabbits, dogs, cats, moles, rodents cannot stand the smell of vinegar at all. Use vinegar to keep them away from the garden. All you have to do is to spray vinegar in the garden, and these animals will disappear immediately. In addition, you can soak old clothes in vinegar and put them in your garden. You can add more vinegar after a rain.
2. Cleans clay pots
Clay pots maintain the moisture of the soil and protect the roots in the summer. They also represent decorative items in the garden. Nevertheless, the clay pots absorb minerals and salt from the water, thus becoming unappealing. In cases like this, you can use vinegar to make your clay pots seem shiny and clean.
All you should do is to:
- Rub the crumby remaining of the pots.
- In 3 – 4 cups of water, add a cup of vinegar (5 %) and put the clay pots into the mixture. Leave them to stay for 30 minutes.
- If there is still some remaining, rub it with undiluted vinegar.
3. Destroys ants
Vinegar acts like an effective insecticide. If you want to destroy ants, you should spray the whole affected place. After several days, you should repeat the same procedure, and all the ants will be completely destroyed.
4. Repels weeds
If you want to destroy weeds from your garden, you should definitely use vinegar. It will eliminate the weeds completely and your garden will be attractive.
5. Makes the cut flowers last longer
In a vase, put 1 teaspoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Put flowers in it and change it 3 – 5 days. This will provide the flowers with an adequate food, which will make them last longer.
6. Eliminates weeds
Vinegar acts just as an anti-weed product. If you want to eliminate weeds from your garden, you should:
- In a gallon of white vinegar (5 %), add 2 tablespoons of dish soap and a cup of salt.
- Mix it well and put it into a spray bottle.
- Spray the weeds in your garden.
7. Destroys garden insects
In a spray bottle, add 1 teaspoon of dish soap, a part of vinegar and 3 parts of water. Mix them well and spray it all over the garden with this mixture.
8. Eliminates fruit flies
Eliminate fruit flies with this mixture. All you should do is to:
- Mix a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of molasses, ¼ cup of sugar and ½ cup of apple cedar vinegar.
- Apply the mixture in some kind of container and put it on the fruit tree.
- The fruit flies will be trapped in the mixture as soon as they attack it..
- It also represents an effective solution for eliminating flies inside the household.
9. Refresh your acid plants with vinegar
Mix a gallon of water and a cup of vinegar, and spray your gardenias, azaleas, or rhododendrons. In this way, you will stimulate their growth and they will look refreshed.
10. Eliminate rust from the garden tools
All you have to do is to spray the garden tool with undiluted vinegar or leave them in it for a few minutes. After that, just rinse the tools.
11. Prevents fungus
If the plants do not grow enough or have dark spots on their leaves, they certainly are affected by fungus or mold. You can protect the plants from the fungus with white vinegar. Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with chamomile tea, and spray the plants affected by fungus. After some time, the plants will become slightly refreshed.
To protect roses, you should:
Mix four liters of water with 3 tablespoons of apple cedar vinegar. Then, spray the roses with this mixture and the fungus will go away.
12. Eliminates slugs and snails
White vinegar acts just like anti-snail product. It is a perfect solution to get rid of the slugs and snails from your garden.
To germinate seeds, you can use white vinegar, especially when you germinate okra, moonflowers, asparagus, glories or other seeds, which cannot be easily germinated.
Rub the seeds with sandpaper. You should do this a night before planting the seeds. Mix a squirt of dish soap, 125 ml of vinegar and 500 ml of lukewarm water. After that, soak the seeds in the mixture. The next day, you should plant the seeds. In this way, the seeds growth will be enhanced.