One of my favorite activities is gardening. I love being outdoors in sunshine, watching bird and making my surroundings colorful. I’ve planted flowering trees, put in a fountain and a bird feeder. It’s my form of creativity and meditation. Anything natural that can make flowers bloom, save time weeding, or make cleaning up easier I’m all for. Who knew that vinegar can do all this and more. Take a look:
1. Kill the weeds
White vinegar can get rid of weeds from the leaves down to the roots. I have used this, and it is much safer than some commercial products. Just pour a bit of pure vinegar on the weeds (Sometimes I crush the leaves a bit so I know the vinegar gets absorbed.) If you spray, be careful not to hit plants you want to keep.
2. Keep unwanted critters away
Vinegar is smelly, so dampen a few old rags and put them around the garden edges. Rabbits, deer, raccoons and insects won’t like the smell. It may even ward off snakes.
3. Get rid of slugs and snails
If you pour vinegar on them they dissolve. (Not for the feint of heart because they sort of melt.)
4. Help your seeds sprout
Put seeds in a bowl of water, and add a bit of vinegar before you cover the bowl and soak for 8-12 hours (no more than 2 days). The vinegar will help soften the seeds outer coating so the seed can sprout.
5. Clean your tools
Spray your tools with a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of vinegar and water, and wipe them off. If they are rusty let them soak in the mixture overnight, then use steel wool and wash with soapy water.
6. Feed flowers
Vinegar acts like a food for your flowers. The next time you water, add a cup per gallon of water. Acidic flowers really like this – including azaleas, hydrangeas, gardenias and rhododendron.
7. Test your soil’s pH balance
Dig up some soil and add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar -and watch it fizz. The more fizz, the higher the pH.
8. Get rid of mildew, mold and other fungi
Mix 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with a gallon of water, and spray the affected areas. This method also removes black fungi from rose plants.
9. Remove calcium buildup on garden bricks
Vinegar can help clean off calcium and lime deposits from bricks and dividers. Use 1 cup white vinegar per gallon of water and use a brush to scrub the bricks, then rinse.
10. Clean your birdbath
I usually empty my birdbath and let the sun bleach it. The next time my birdbath gets grimy I’ll try this. I particularly like the fact it is safe for the birds.