In my research on the many uses of vinegar, it did come to a surprise to me all the uses that vinegar can be used for in the garden. At Naturally Clean we like to learn new things especially tips on keeping our environment healthy and safe. Here are just some of the tips that will keep our garden growing.
1. Vinegar as an eco-friendly organic fungicide, and herbicide.
-use 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 4 litres of a tea compost to help with ailing plants with fungal diseases. Also, use a half and half solution as a fungicide to kill off anything ‘lurking’ on your gardening tool to prevent cross contamination.
-Do you have nasty weeds coming up between your paving slabs? Instead of using a toxic herbicide that is not good for the environment you can use vinegar instead. Boil 1 litre of water with 2 tablespoons of salt and 5 tablespoons of vinegar. Mix altogether, and while hot pour over plants
2. Help Acid Loving Plants to Grow Better.
-the acid in the vinegar increases the acidity of the soil. Azaleas, gardenias and rhododendrons love and thrive on the acid soil. Add 1 cup of vinegar to 4 litres of tap water. It will also release iron into the soil for the plants to use. And if you have too much lime in your garden, add vinegar to neutralize it.
3. Seed Germination –
-I found this very interesting – you can improve the germination rate of seeds by using vinegar. First, rub seeds gently first between two pieces of coarse sandpaper. Then soak the seeds overnight in 500 ml of warm water, 125 ml of vinegar and a dab of dish soap liquid. Plant the next day as normal. You can use the same method, but without the sandpaper for nasturtiums, parsley, beetroot, and parsnips.