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10 Ways to Use Vinegar in Your Garden

We’ve all known that vinegar can flavor chips and be a versatile cleaner in the house.

But were you aware of its various benefits in gardening? The great thing is that it’s inexpensive and serves multiple purposes.

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Here are some ways vinegar can enhance the beauty of your garden:

1. Weed Elimination

Spray vinegar directly onto weeds, ensuring it does not hit the plants you want to keep. This is a great alternative to commercial weed killers, especially if you have pets or children around.

2. Animal Deterrent

Gardeners often get annoyed by cats or possums messing up their soil. To naturally deter animals, soak old clothes in vinegar and hang them low around your garden.

3. Pot Cleaning

Terracotta pots are common in gardens but can be hard to clean. Try washing them with vinegar to remove dirt and restore their color.

4. Aid Plant Growth

Plants like rhododendrons thrive in acidic soil. To remedy this, mix one cup of vinegar with four liters of water and apply it to the soil of these plants.

5. Ant Repellent

Mix vinegar and water in equal parts and spray it around ant nests and their pathways to get rid of them.

6. Seed Enhancement

Soak seeds overnight in a solution of 500ml water and 125ml vinegar to improve germination.

7. Insect Repellent

Spray vinegar around garden beds to repel insects.

8. Fruit Fly Removal

To catch fruit flies, hang a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and molasses on fruit trees.

9. Tool Maintenance

Soak gardening tools in vinegar for a few minutes after use to prevent rust.

10. Mold Prevention

Make chamomile tea and add vinegar to create a spray for plants prone to fungus or mold. Apply until the issue is resolved.