If you’re anything like me, you probably enjoy planting gardens, although it may take a lot of work. And you will have to deal with all kinds of unwanted weeds, pests, and more to make your garden look good. A lot of people don’t know this, but apple cider vinegar is a one of the greatest things to use if you want to make your garden look better!
Apple cider vinegar is extremely versatile, including using it as a cleaning agent for your gardening tools, to keep animals and pests away from your plants, or as a fertilizer. Every gardener should keep some apple cider vinegar in their gardening supplies. Check out these seven uses for apple cider vinegar in your garden.
Use as a Fertilizer
One of the best uses for apple cider vinegar is as a fertilizer. Its slightly acidic nature works great for plants that thrive off of acidic conditions. Plants that thrive when apple cider vinegar is used as a fertilizer include radishes, potatoes, and peppers, among others.
Kill Grass and Weeds
Using undiluted apple cider vinegar on grass and weeds helps in their removal. You can even add a little bit of salt for a more effective weed killer. When applying apple cider vinegar as a weed killer in your garden, avoid getting it on the plants you want to keep.
Keep Away Pets and Animals
Placing a little apple cider vinegar around the edges of your garden is a great way to keep out household pets, such as cats and dogs, as well as wild animals, including raccoons, rabbits, and deer. Just soak a few rags and place them strategically throughout. To maintain the rags effectiveness, re-soak once a week.
Use as a Pesticide
Apple cider vinegar also keeps a variety of pests out of your garden. Spraying slugs and snails melts them on the spot. Control the presence of ants by spraying it on nearby mounds. For other pests that like to eat plant leaves, dilute the apple cider vinegar (1 part to three parts water) and apply is using a spray bottle.
Keep Away Fruit Flies
To keep your garden free of fruit flies, place a mixture of 1 cup of water, a half-cup of apple cider vinegar, a quarter-cup of sugar, and a tablespoon of molasses into a container. This mixture should attract any fruit flies. Spread the containers around your garden for maximum effect.
Clean Your Tools
Clean rusty tools using apple cider vinegar. The slightly acidic nature of the apple cider vinegar naturally eats away at rust. Allow heavily rusted tools to soak overnight. For a more standard application, use apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle to apply it.
Clean Clay Pots
In addition to killing mold, apple cider vinegar works great when cleaning clay pots. Instead of throwing old pots away, scrub them using apple cider vinegar and then soak them overnight in a mixture of four cups of water and one cup of vinegar. Remove and soak in clean water before use.