By: D.G. Sciortino/Shareably If you want to keep an organic garden, then you might want to consider ditching chemical pesticides and plant foods and opt for vinegar instead. Vinegar is natural and can be used to clean and both kill and give life to the weeds, fruits, and vegetables in your outdoor spaces.
Here are 10 ways to safely use apple cider and white vinegar in your garden.
Food for Acidic Loving Plants
Plants like gardenias, holly, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and begonias grow beautifully in acidic soil. Spray them with a mixture of 1 gallon of water to 1 cup of white vinegar to help them grow.
Cleanse Your Hands of Allergens
You can wind up with dirt and allergens on your hands after spending a day working in your garden. Wash your hands with some distilled vinegar to cleanse them of debris and make sure that they don’t itch.
Keep Rabbits at Bay
If rabbits are ruining your garden you can soak cotton balls in distilled vinegar and place them in a 35mm film container or something similar. Poke holes in the top of the container and place it in your garden to keep rabbits at bay.
Get Rid of Weeds
Get rid of unwanted garden growth by pouring apple cider vinegar onto weeds. Your weeds will die but your soil will stay healthy.
Spray ant hills with one part water and one part vinegar to kill them. Spray areas where ants are likely to invade to keep them at bay.
Wash Your Garden Tools
You can soak garden tools, like a rake or hoe, overnight in vinegar to get rid of rust and grime. You can also fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it over a water spigot to keep it submerged. Rinse everything off with water.
Get Rid of Slugs and Snails
If slugs and snails are compromising your plant growth, spray them with some undiluted vinegar. This will make them wither and die.
Clean Out Your Birdbath
Mix some undiluted water with white vinegar and use it to scrub your birdbath. Make sure to rinse it off with water.
Keep Kitty Away
If your kitty is using your garden or your kid’s sandbox as a toilet then you can pour some distilled vinegar into the sand or soil to keep them away.
Keep Flowers Fresh
Help freshly cut flowers from your garden last by adding two tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water before adding your flowers.