12 Secrets To A Gorgeous Garden Using Vinegar
Katie Mooney 4/7/2017
Calling all gardeners, and all who are working on their green thumb: if the growing potential of your plants could use a little "push," then we've got the stinky secret you've been needing! This powerful liquid may have a slight stench, but it's inexpensive and easy to find. And, when used in your garden in the following 12 ways - it's effective, natural, and most importantly, safe (for your family and your flowers).
Say hello to your new gardening co-pilot, your new partner-in-crime, your new "sprouting solution" - vinegar!
Have those little trailing pests made a home in your garden? Well, vinegar is certain to have them packing their bags and "marching" for the hills! Give the troublesome areas a spray of one part white or apple cider vinegar and one part water, and repeat a few times over the next of couple days. Vinegar voila!
If you've got weeds, worry not - we've all got 'em! Whether they're creeping up the walls of your garden, or popping up through the sidewalk cracks, vinegar is the answer. Spray your unwanted "guests" with pure white vinegar, and watch as your weed worries melt (or shrivel) away.
Tidy Your Tools
If your gardening tools have been sitting out in the weather, and as a result have become a bit "rusty" - think vinegar! By simply soaking those tarnished tools in undiluted vinegar, and then giving them a wipe (or a scrub) - the solution is certain to rinse away your rust!
Has your garden become an all-you-can-eat buffet for the neighborhood wildlife? If so, we've got the just the "stinky solution" you've been searching for! Soak a few old items of clothing in white vinegar, and sit them atop stakes around your garden. The powerful scent of these potent scarecrows will keep those non-paying buffet customers away. For best results, re-soak the clothing every week.
With this quick trick, cleaning your birdbath has never been so simple. Simply scrub the bath with undiluted white vinegar and rinse with water - your feathered friends will thank you!
If your flowers could use a little pick-me-up (and who couldn't), try this superhero solution! Combine 8 ounces of water with one tablespoon sugar and one tablespoon vinegar, and stir. Feed this mixture to your leafy friends to revitalize and rejuvenate!
A Lovely Bouquet
While we're on the flower pick-me-up topic, don't forget about that freshly-cut bouquet on your kitchen counter - they need "love" too! Try adding two tablespoons vinegar and one tablespoon sugar to one liter of water. Use this solution in place of the plain water in your vase, and sit back and watch as your flowers flourish.
Allergens Be Gone
As you know, while digging away in the garden, your hands are certain to collect allergens and debris from the soil. Once you've finished up outdoors, give your hands a quick rinse with white distilled vinegar to strip away any irritating particles - and keep you itch free!
No matter who you are or what you do - mold happens. So, if you've got mold and fungus growing in your garden, listen to this helpful hint. Add two tablespoons vinegar to brewed chamomile tea, combine into a spray bottle, and spritz onto your outdoor plants. Yep, your work is done here!
Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me
Have fruit flies taken over your fruit trees? If so, then you're in need of a fruit fly trap - and we've got just the enticing mixture that works! In an empty tin can or old container, combine one cup of water, half cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup sugar, and one tablespoon molasses - and stir. Hang this sweet solution in the fly-infested tree, as it's guaranteed to be extremely "attractive" to those pesky insects.
Pots That Pop
Bring those planting pots back to life with this simple and inexpensive cleaning idea. In a large container, create a solution which consists of one part water to one part distilled white vinegar. Soak your plastic, glazed, or clay pots in this miracle mixture for a minimum of one hour, and be amazed as the mineral deposits and stains fade away!
Say "See Ya" To Slugs
If your garden plants have been overrun by slugs and snails, this helpful hint is certain to work. Spraying undiluted vinegar directly onto your "pesky problem" will eliminate your struggle with slugs.
Whether you're a planting pro or still a little green around the edges - these vinegar tips are guaranteed to boost the look and health of your garden. Share these "smelly secrets" with your friends and family, and inspire flower beauty everywhere!
Sources: Balcony Garden Web, The Thrifty Couple, DIYEverywhere FB Image Credit: YouTube/HouseholdHacker