If so far baking soda was only used to eliminate bad odours in your fridge and to clean your stove, you will be very surprised to know that you can also take out small boxes of baking soda outside and add them to your garden, lawn and even your vegetable patch.
So stock up on baking soda right now, because you will save a lot of money by switching from all the chemicals you used to buy to maintain your garden with that only one secret ingredient!
Here are 12 ways to use baking soda in the garden.
1) Use it to make a natural fungicide:
Mix 20g (4 tsp) of baking soda in 4L of water to make a natural fungicide. Spray the product on vines and roses to counter parasitic fungi, black spots and mildew. Spray the fungicide as soon as you see the berries appear.
2) To wash your hands after gardening:
After playing in the soil, baking soda is very useful for washing your hands thoroughly, it acts as a natural abrasive when mixed with your usual hand soap to help remove the soil under the nails and inside the hands.
3) Give a boost to your roses:
Mix 5g (1 teaspoon) of baking soda and 5g (1 teaspoon) of Epsom salt in 4L of water to create a spray that will give a boost to your roses. This recipe is good for 4 bushes.
4) Acts like a natural weedkiller:
Sprinkle baking soda between the stones or bricks on your patio. This natural weedkiller will eliminate all the weeds growing in the cracks and between the bricks of your garden.
5) A natural treatment against powdery mildew:
Powdery mildew mainly affects overly damp and partially overgrown gardens, and especially vegetables such as squash and cucumbers that grow in gardens. To treat your plans mix 1 tsp. baking soda and 4 l. of water, then add 1 tsp. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of dish soap. Dish soap will allow the mixture to grip the leaves.
Treat once a week in partly sunny weather.
6) Acts like a natural fungicide for tomatoes:
You can avoid using chemicals to kill the fungi that often attack tomato plants by using baking soda instead. Mix 1 tsp. of baking soda and 2.5 tsp. of vegetable oil in 4 L of water then add 1/2 tsp. of castile soap and pour into a spray bottle.
Spray on the leaves of young plants, until complete disappearance of the fungi.
7) A deodorizer for compost:
Do you feel like your compost bin is emitting bad odors? Especially in summer when it is very hot and sunny. To fix this issue, simply generously sprinkle baking soda on your bin so its absorbs a maximum of bad odors.
8) Helps eliminate cabbage worms:
Mix equal parts of baking soda, all-purpose flour and soil, and sprinkle this mixture over the cabbage, kale and broccoli. The three vegetables that attract the most worms. This mixture will repel them!
9) An aphid remedy:
Mix 10 to 20 grams of baking soda in 1L of distilled water and add 3 tsp of oil. Pour into a spray bottle and spray your plants with this mixture to eliminate aphids in no time!
10) Hunt pests from the vegetable patch:
Slugs, rabbits, silverfish, ants and cockroaches, all hate the texture of baking soda on the ground. Sprinkle the soil in your vegetable patch to help keep them away.
11) Test the soil pH:
To test the pH of your soil, wet the soil and sprinkle some baking soda on it. If bubbles form, your soil is acidic with a pH level below 5.
12) And lastly, a tip that we would all have liked to know well before: a natural treatment against crabgrass:
Crabgrass is a grass with hairy leaves that grows among the lawn in our gardens. You can get rid of it easily by sprinkling generously with baking soda on the plant, trying to avoid the grass around the plant.
Did you know that baking soda has that many purposes? These tips will help all of the garden-lovers this summer! Share with your friends to help them too.
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