We all love vinegar in our kitchen but after reading this post, you will also love vinegar in your garden. White vinegar is like a pandora box when it comes to using it in the kitchen garden. Keep reading to find out the advantages of white vinegar in the garden.
1: Clean Your Clay Pots
Clay pots are an excellent choice for gardeners with low space problems in their kitchen garden. Plus clay pots look so cool and they add an extra layer of beauty in the garden.
Clay pots are very plant-friendly, as they keep the potted soil cool, in hot summer days by keeping the water trapped inside them. Pots get an ugly look by the passage of time as they absorb tons of minerals, water, and fertilizer.
You can clean them and restore their beauty in no time by using white vinegar. Wash them with white vinegar and they will look great, again. Here is the recipe to clean them:
- 1 cup of white vinegar for every
- 3 to 4 cups of water
Mix these ingredients in a tub of water and soak your dirty pots in this solution for 20 to 30 minutes. If this is not working, you can increase the amount of vinegar.
After 30 minutes, run your pots through the dishwasher. This will clean them well and nice.
2: Keep The Weeds Out Of You Garden, Walls, And Walkways
White vinegar is an excellent and chemical-free choice to kill the weeds and make your walls and walkways look clean. Weeds in your kitchen garden can be a great competition for your plants as they absorb water and nutrients of your plants and they can stop and use the sunlight of kitchen garden’s plants.
Fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar and spray that on weeds. It will kill weeds in just 2 to 3 days. Do not spray white vinegar on your veggies or necessary plants, it can kill them too.
Also Read: How To Keep Weeds Out Of Your Raised Bed
3: Keep Ants Away From Your Garden
Ants 🐜 are adorable. I love them. But they can be a big problem for your garden or your home. If you want to keep ants away from your home and garden, here the recipe that can be effective against ants:
- 50% white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 50% of water
Mix these ingredients well in a bottle and spray them around the hills of the ants. You can also spray this recipe at the entry point of ants. The odor of vinegar will keep the ants away from your garden and home.
4: Keep Unwanted Guests Away From Your Kitchen Garden
Cats, dogs, rodents, moles, and deers are unwanted guests of a kitchen garden. They can literally destroy a kitchen garden in one night. So you should keep an eye on them and use this method to keep them away from your garden:
Take a few pieces of old clothes and soak them in pure white vinegar. After soaking them in vinegar for a few minutes, place them on stakes around the kitchen garden. The strong smell of white vinegar can keep them away. Keep re-soaking the clothes once a week.
5: Insects Spray
As I mentioned before, vinegar can keep ants away. But here we will learn to make a solution to keep any kind of garden insects. Here the recipe to make that solution:
- 70% of water
- 30% white vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon dishwashing detergent
Mix all these ingredients in a spray bottle and spray them in your garden to keep insects away.
6: Make Pesticide-Free Fruit Trees
Fruit flies are an enemy of fruit-bearing trees and white vinegar is the enemy of fruit flies. Here is the recipe to keep fruit destroying fruit flies away from your trees:
- 1 cup of water
- Half cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
Mix these 4 ingredients in a container. Mix them well and hang that container on a tree with fruit flies attack. The mixture of these ingredients will attract the flies and trap them inside the container.
By doing this, you don’t have to use any kind of chemical to kill the flies and you will have a pesticide-free fruit tree.
Also Read: 6 Tips To Grow Ton Of Lemons On Just 1 Tree
7: Healthy Acid Loving Plants
If you have acid-loving plants in your garden, you can keep them healthy and happy by the application of white vinegar. Here is what you need:
- A cup of white vinegar
- 3 to 3.5 liters water
Mix these two ingredients well inside a gallon. Give this water to your acid-loving plants. Plants will be happy. The effect of white vinegar is not that long-lasting, but still, plants will get a boost after giving them vinegar water.
8: Clean Rust From Your Gardening Tools
Vinegar is an excellent tool to clean rust from your tools. Not just gardening tools, you can also clean your knives and other kitchen tools by using white vinegar.
Soak the rusted tool in white vinegar for 24 hours. Most of the rust will come off your tools, for remaining rust, you may have to use sandpaper.
9: Slugs And Snails Killer
This one is the most popular use of vinegar among gardeners. You can easily kill slugs and snails by using vinegar. Here is the simple recipe:
- 50% of water
- 50% white vinegar
- Increase the concentration of vinegar if the solution is not working
Spray this solution on slugs and snails, also spray the area around plants where slugs and snails mostly hang around. Don’t spray this solution on your plants, as it can kill your plants too.
10: Fungus Free Plants
The fungus can easily attack your plants. Most of the time, over-watering can cause fungal infections. Here is the simple recipe to keep your plants safe from fungal infections:
- 2 teaspoons vinegar
- Brewed Chamomile tea
Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar in chamomile tea and spray this solution on the affected branches of your plants. This can save them from fungus and you don’t have to use any non-environmental friendly chemical.