The Healthy Hack

Besides its culinary uses, vinegar can also do wonders for your garden. The market offers numerous fertilizers and chemicals for your plants, but they are expensive and ineffective, and may also harm your health. Instead of these products, we suggest using ACV as an environment-friendly product that can improve the condition of your plants.

Here’s are 13 great ways of using vinegar in your garden:

Cleans pots

Clay pots look great in the garden – they keep the soil moist and the roots protected from sun rays, which is why people love them. However, they’re not ideal. They absorb salt and mineral from the water which makes them look ugly. In order to keep them clean, mix 3-4 cups of water with 5% vinegar and spray it on the clay pots, then leave the mixture to work for half an hour. If there are more stains left, remove them with undiluted vinegar.

Repels insects and pets

Animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and moles hate the smell of vinegar, which makes the liquid an ideal addition to any garden. Spray some vinegar around your plants and it will keep the animals at bay. Here’s another great trick – soak some old clothes in vinegar and put them on stalks in the garden to make effective scarecrows. Just make sure to soak the clothes in vinegar again after the rain.

Eliminates weeds from your walls

If you’re having weeds growing on your walkway and your walls, spray some vinegar on it and the problem will be gone soon!

Eliminates ants

Vinegar is a great organic insecticide that can eliminate ants. Just spray it on the areas frequented by the insects and they will stay away.

Kills weeds in your garden

To eliminate tough weeds in your garden, add 2 tablespoons of dish soap, a cup of salt and a tablespoon of lemon juice in a gallon of 5% vinegar. Spray the solution on the weeds and you will quickly and easily eliminate them.

Extends the longevity of your flowers

Fill a vase with water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar as well as a teaspoon of sugar in it. Now, put your flowers in the vase and change the mixture every 3-5 days. This will “feed” the flowers and keep them alive and well for a long period.

Kills insects

Mix 3 parts of water with a part of vinegar and a teaspoon of dishwashing agent in a spray bottle, then spray the mixture around your garden to eliminate any kind of insects.

Kills fruit flies

Mix ½ a cup of ACV with a teaspoon of molasses, ¼ cup of sugar and a cup of water, then pour the mixture into a plastic container and hang it on your trees. The mixture will attract fruit flies and kill them on the spot.

Kills snails and slugs

To stop snails and slugs from destroying your garden, spray some vinegar around your plants.

Refreshes acid-loving plants

Azaleas, rhododendrons, and gardenias can benefit from a mixture made of a cup of vinegar and a gallon of water – spray it on them to boost their growth.

Removes rust from garden tools

Removing rust from garden tools is not easy, but luckily, dipping them in some vinegar and rinsing with water afterward can resolve the problem quickly.

Fights fungi

If your plants aren’t growing properly and have dark spots and stains on them, they’re probably suffering from a fungal infection. To resolve the problem and rejuvenate your plants, add 2 teaspoons of sugar to a cup of chamomile tea, then spray the mixture on your plants. For roses, you’ll need to mix 4 liters of water with 3 tablespoons of ACV – just spray the mixture on the plants and they will grow bigger and more vivid.

Germinates seeds

White vinegar can also help you germinate seeds such as okra, sunflower, glories, and asparagus. Rub the seeds with a sandpaper first, then mix 125 gr. of vinegar, 500 ml. of warm water and some washing-up liquid. Now, soak the seeds in the solution before planting them and they will start growing sooner than expected.