Vinegar can be used in many ways to protect and beautify your garden. You can mix it with other ingredients or use it on its own to solve many urgent garden problems.
1. Natural weed killer
Weeds are the enemy of any gardener. You don’t want to introduce harmful chemicals to your garden. Sara, the Budget Savvy Diva, recommends using a combination of vinegar, Dawn dish soap and salt to create an effective, safe vinegar weed killer.
2. Test your soil
Soil balance is essential to beautiful blooms and plentiful vegetables. If you aren’t seeing good garden production, your soil may be out of balance. Vinegar offers a quick and easy way to see the pH values in your soil. Create a vinegar soil test by following this tutorial.
3. Restore clay pots
Mineral deposits naturally develop on the outside of clay pots. While some find it charming, you may prefer to keep your pots looking nice and new. A soak in vinegar removes deposits.
4. Stop damping off
Isn’t it frustrating when your beautiful seedlings wilt and wither overnight? Damping off is a seedling disease often caused by mold or fungus growing in your soil. You can eliminate these harmful substances by following this tutorial by The Thrifty Couple for using vinegar when starting seedlings.
5. Deter pests
Pest spray can contain many chemicals that you don’t want on your fruits and vegetables. Kristina at My Own Home has created the perfect recipe for using vinegar to deter pests. She combines vinegar and essential oils to create an all-natural pest spray.
6. Create acidity
Many plants, such as azaleas, love acidic soil. In fact, they need it to produce abundant blooms. Follow these directions for mixing vinegar and water to create the acidic soil they crave.
7. Clean copper garden fixtures
Copper can be a beautiful shiny touch for your garden. If you don’t like the green patina and want to restore your copper garden decor to a shiny finish, follow this tutorial on cleaning copper with vinegar.
8. Clean rusty tools
To work efficiently, garden tools must be free from rust. Since they often live outside, keeping them rust free can be a challenge. You don’t have to scrub them with steel wool. A soak in a vinegar solution can easily return them to their best shape. Find the step-by-step process here.