“Amazing Vinegar Uses in Garden”, http://balconygardenweb.com/amazing-vinegar-uses-in-garden/, viewed 01/14/2017
BalconyGardenWeb.com lists 12 unique & practical uses for vinegar on your apartment balcony or in the garden – everything from preventing weeds to pest control to extending the life of flowers.
1. Clean Clay Pots
2. Remove weeds on walls and walkway
From my perspective, this also sounds like a practical idea for my home – weeds do sprout up in the sidewalk & those need to be eliminated. “To kill them, simply spray the place with pure white vinegar.”
3. Get rid of ants
If you struggle with ants in your kitchen; this one’s for you…
“Vinegar is very effective in getting rid of ants. To repel ants, mix equal amounts of water and vinegar (either white or apple cider) and spray the solution on the ant hills in your garden. In the home, look out for ant’s entry paths, counter tops, sink, and windows. The strong scent of vinegar will make the ants avoid the places sprayed with vinegar.”
4. Keep away animals from garden
Last year we had to deal with a rabbit. This is may only be practical though if you live in the country – or if you just love the smell of vinegar near your house.
“Many animals including common garden destroyers like rodents, moles, cats, dogs, rabbits, and deer loathe the strong scent of vinegar. You can keep out these unwanted visitors from the garden by soaking several old clothes in white vinegar and placing them on stakes around your garden where they usually come most. Resoak the clothes about every 6-7 days regularly for better results.”
5. Extend the life of cut flowers
This will come in handy as Valentine’s Day approaches next month…
“You can use vinegar to extend the life of cut flowers: Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar per liter of water.”
6. Kill Weeds
Struggle with dandelions or other weeds near home? This may be effective there too as well as in the garden…
“Vinegar is a weed killer and can be used for effective weed control. Spraying it kill weeds within 2-3 days after application. Here is how to kill weeds using vinegar.”
7. Vinegar garden insect spray
This is a practical idea to spray on your vegetables for protection from commonly harmful pests.”Vinegar is an effective solution for eliminating garden insects. To create a vinegar spray that works on garden insects, combine three parts water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle and add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Shake the spray bottle to mix the contents thoroughly before use in the garden. Here is more on it.”
8. Prevent fruit flies
I do not personally have fruit in my garden at this time, but if you do, this may be a useful solution. “Save your fruit crops from the fruit flies, make a bait using vinegar. For this, you’ll need a cup of water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of molasses. Mix it all together and put that solution in an empty container or tin can and hang it on affected fruit tree you’ll see how it will attract and trap them. The similar solution can be used for houseflies too.”
These plants can help draw helpful insects to your garden plot, like bees.
“Keep the acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, gardenias or azaleas happy with vinegar. Although its effect is temporary but you can give a quick acid boost to plants with vinegar. Mix cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and water you acid loving plants with this solution.”
10. Clean rust from garden tools
This is an idea for cleaning your shovel, pitchfork, etc. Perhaps even the blades on your rototiller…
“Vinegar can be used to make the garden tools rust free. Just spray or soak the tools in undiluted vinegar and leave them for a few minutes and then rinse and clean the tool.
You can also clean the birdbaths and birdhouses in your garden from vinegar!”
11. Save plants from fungus
“You can protect the plants suffering from fungus and mold, the vinegar fungicide recipe is simple and easy– Add 2 tsp of vinegar in brewed chamomile tea and spray this on the affected plants in your garden. It’s safe and organic!”
12. Kill slugs and snails
I hate slugs; they appear in my garden every year. Vinegar may be useful, as I recall; dish detergent is another option, but vinegar is also worth trying.
“Of many uses of vinegar, this one is getting popular among gardeners. You can kill snails and slugs with the help of vinegar. eHow has an informative article on this.”