There’s a handy ingredient probably sitting in your pantry just waiting to provide an array of super benefits. Vinegar. did you know you can safely use this ingredient in the garden too? Check out a few clever ways you can use vinegar (white and apple cider) where your veggies and plants spend their days:
1.Vinegar Kill weeds: Instead of spending a lot of money on toxic chemicals to get rid of the weeds in your garden, pouring apple cider vinegar directly on the weeds. The acetic acid will stop weed growth without damaging the soil.
2.Get rid of ants: Ants don’t like the smell of vinegar, so you can keep them at bay by mixing 1-part water and 1-part vinegar in a spray bottle and attacking ant hills with the solution. Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar work well.
3. Freshen flowers: Cut a pretty bouquet of flowers from your garden and keep them fresh by adding two tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water, and add your flowers.
4.Feed your plants: Some plants (like Gardenias, Holly, and Begonias) thrive on acidic soil. You can give those plants some extra love by spritzing with a mixture of 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of white vinegar.
5.Test the PH level of your soil: The acid levels in your soil can affect how well plants grow. You can run a simple test on your dirt by placing a bit of the soil in a container and then add 1/2 cup vinegar. If the vinegar begins to fizzle and bubble, the soil is too alkaline. Add sulfur or peat moss to even out the soil’s acidity.
6.Remove allergens from your hands: If you’ve been digging in the dirt with your bare hands, make sure to rinse your hands with white distilled vinegar. The vinegar will remove allergens and other debris so you don’t start itching.
7.Keep common pets out of your garden – Animals that love to get in your garden, like raccoons, rabbits, moles, rodents, and deer also happen to hate the smell of vinegar, so it will keep them out naturally without causing them harm. All you have to do is soak a few rags in your apple cider vinegar and place them strategically throughout your garden. Re-soak them once a week to ensure they retain their maximum effectiveness.
8. Clean pots: Mix 1-part water, 1-part white distilled vinegar. Soak glazed, clay or plastic pots in the solution for at least an hour to remove stains and mineral deposits.