Vinegar – an ingredient very useful in the kitchen and not only. It’s useful in beauty rituals, cleaning and the last but not the in gardening. Using vinegar in your garden, not only that you’ll save money but you’ll also have the best organic pesticide for your plants. This natural product is very useful for your home and garden.
1. Clean Clay Pots
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Clay pots are the best for your plants because they keep soil moisturized longer, but the water won’t be trapped there for too long. The color of these terracotta pots is very pleasant but with age they absorb calcium, minerals and salts from water and fertilizers making them look like ancient pots. But vinegar will help you bring their color back. Whole cleaning tutorial here.
2. Get rid of ants
The perfect ant repellent is vinegar. Mix equal amounts of water and vinegar (it’s better to use white vinegar), put the solution into a spray bottle. Then spray on the anthills from your garden, on the drive way and on every place you see ants. They will disappear afterwards. Also, you can use this homemade solution inside your house if you see any intruder (ants) there.
3. Keep away animals from your garden
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Well, those little garden visitors like rodents, moles, cats, dogs, rabbits, etc detest the smell of vinegar. Soak some old clothes into vinegar and put them from place to place around your garden and those little fellows won’t visit you anymore. As a tip you have to dip these clothes in vinegar every 7 days for long lasting results.
4. Kill those weeds
Weeds are a real pain because they are very unaesthetic when they grow out from your sidewalk and alleys, but even more annoying when they grow between your vegetables and you have to weed them by hand. So, to get rid of them, use a spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar and spray on every weed you see growing from your drive way or alley. For the rest of the garden see the recipe here.
5. Extend the life of cut flowers
If you love flowers in a vase and want to bring some natural scent inside your house, prolong the life of cut flowers by adding in 1 liter of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Here are more tips to prolong the life of cut flowers.
6. Farewell flies and wasps
These insects are harmful for your garden even if they are little. Protect your crops by preparing vinegar bait. So, you need a cup of water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses. Mix these ingredients and put the solution in an empty container like a plastic bottle cut in half or a tin can, and hang it on trees or place them near your patio not to get sting by wasps. More instructions here.
7. Clean rust from garden tools
These kitchen ingredient can be used even to get rid of rust. All that you have to do is to soak your garden utensils into vinegar, just vinegar, for 15 minutes then rinse with cold water and wipe well with a cloth. Another option is to mix equal parts of vinegar and water and let the garden tools dipped into this solution overnight. Clever tips here.
8. Insect spray
These are all sort of garden insects very harmful and vinegar is here to help you. You need a spray bottle and this recipe to say goodbye to these annoying and abuzz pests. Get information here.
9. Keep plant fungus away
Safe and organic are the basic rules when it comes to gardening. Protect your plants from fungus and mold with an easy peasy eco-friendly pesticide. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in brewed chamomile tea and spray over affected plants from your garden. Well, success and start working. Useful advice here.
10. Kills slugs and snails
Disgusting! I can say I really hate these little “animals”. Ii know they are harmful for a human being but I don’t like seeing them on my porch or on the drive way, alley. I found here a very informative article to get rid of these pests naturally.