Along with its plenty of uses in the kitchen, vinegar can do miracles in the garden. There are many chemicals and fertilizers on the market that are not only expensive, but they can harm both the environment and people’s health. Fortunately, vinegar is one affordable and eco-friendly product that provides plenty of benefits for your garden. You will be surprised by its numerous uses and its super power.
Here Are 12 Uses of Vinegar in The Garden:
1. Deters Pests and CatsCats, dogs, rabbits, moles and rodents detest the smell of vinegar. So, you can keep out these unwanted visitors from your garden. You just have to spray some white vinegar around the garden, and the animals will be all gone. Also, you can soak some old clothes in vinegar and place them on stakes around your garden. After every rain, add more vinegar.
2. Cleans Clay PotsClay pots keep the soil moist and protect the roots during the hot summer days. Also, they are an attractive decorating element in your garden. However, clay pots tend to absorb salt and minerals from the water, which makes them look unattractive. For this purpose, vinegar is the perfect solution. It will make your old clay pots look clean and bright. You just have to:
- Scrub the pots’ crusty residues.
- Add a cup of 5% vinegar to 3-4 cups of water and sip the clay pots in it. Leave them for 30 minutes.
- If there are still more residues, wipe them off with some undiluted vinegar.
3. Removes AntsVinegar is the most effective organic insecticide. Spray the affected areas with vinegar, and you will get rid of ants in no time. Repeat the procedure after few days, and there would be no single ant in that area.
4. Repels WeedsBy using vinegar, you can eliminate the weeds on your walkways and walls thus providing an impressive and neat look of your garden.
5. Extends The Life of Cut FlowersAdd two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar in a vase. Put the flowers in the vase and change it every 3-5 days. In this way, your flowers will get the proper “food” that will extend their life.
6. Removes WeedsVinegar is one of the most useful “anti-weed” products. You can get rid of weeds in the following way:
- Add a cup of salt, two tablespoons of dish soap and one tablespoon of lemon juice in a gallon of 5% white vinegar.
- Mix the combination well and pour it into a spray bottle.
- Spray all the weed around your garden.
7. Removes Garden InsectsMix one part of vinegar, three parts of water and a teaspoon of dishwashing agent into a spray bottle. Mix the combination well and spray throughout your garden.
8. Removes Fruit FliesSave your fruits with this solution:
- Mix one tablespoon of molasses, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, a quarter cup of sugar and a cup of water.
- Pour the mixture into some container of your choice and hang it on your fruit tree.
- Fruit flies will attack the mixture and get trapped in.
- This is also an effective method against household flies.