11 Benefits Of Using Vinegar In Your Garden
I wouldn’t call myself an expert gardener, but I like to think that I’m pretty capable. However, I’m always on the lookout for new gardening tips. If you are, too, then today is your lucky day! Surprisingly, distilled vinegar can do wonders for your garden — here’s how!
1. Preserve Cut Flowers
To make cut flowers last as long as possible, add one teaspoon of sugar and two tablespoons of vinegar in with the water in your vase. If your flowers start to droop, you can also add in this solution at that time.
2. Kill Weeds
If you don’t like the idea of using a chemical-filled weed killer, spray vinegar directly onto weeds. It’ll do the trick!
3. Balance Soil
If you live somewhere with extremely hard water, your soil may be in serious need of some added acidity. You can simply dilute some vinegar in water, water the soil, and mix it around.
4. Revive Clay Pots
Over time, clay pots can become covered in calcium, salt, and other minerals. To restore them to their original state, soak them in equal parts vinegar and water.
5. Save Diseased Plants
If a certain plant seems to have a disease or be covered in fungus, mix together a couple teaspoons of vinegar and some brewed chamomile tea, then spray it on the plant in question.
6. Protect Gardening Tools
Gardening tools can become rusty extremely fast. To keep them shiny and prolong their lifespan, wipe them down with some vinegar after each use.
7. Plant Booster
Although vinegar kills weeds, certain plants greatly benefit with a bit of vinegar. Mix a cup of vinegar with a gallon of tap water to water hydrangeas, gardenias, rhododendrons, and azaleas.
8. Deter Pests
Bugs tend to make their way into your home via your garden. To deter them from calling your house their home, spray or wipe down the edges of garden beds and walkways with vinegar.
9. Promote Seed Growth
Some seeds never seem to bloom. To promote healthy seed growth, gently rub them with some sandpaper before soaking them overnight in a solution of one part vinegar, four parts water, and a couple drops of liquid dish soap.
10. Deter Munching Critters
To deter critters from munching on your plants, soak a few corn cobs in vinegar and place them around your garden. Critters don’t like the strong smell, so they’ll be sure to stay away!
11. Clean Everything
You can clean much more than just your tools with vinegar! Use it to wipe down patio furniture, clean algae-filled birdbaths, etc.