11 amazing ways to use vinegar in your garden

Whether you have a green thumb and a giant garden or are a beginner and just have a couple of potted plants in your apartment, you’ll love these tips.

With only one ingredient that you probably already have at home, you’ll save time, money, and effort. And what’s more, your neighbors will turn green with envy when they find out how little you spend keeping your garden beautiful.

Here’s a list of 13 tips that will give you a bountiful harvest and tons of beautiful flowers without having to get down on your hands and knees and weed for hours.


1. Fight weeds

Vinegar is a perfect natural herbicide. According to Orchard Care Lady, you can just pour white wine vinegar into a spray bottle and spray any weeds you want to get rid of.

2. Bring dead flowers back to life

If your flowers have been affected by fungus or aphids, vinegar is a godsend.

There are lots of different recipes, but this one works well. Pour two teaspoons of vinegar into a spray bottle and fill it with camomile tea. Spray any affected areas and watch your dead plants come back to life.


3. Give low PH-loving flowers a boost

You might think its crazy that vinegar kills weeds but makes others plants flourish. But it turns out that some flowers thrive in low-PH settings.

Mix 100 ml of white wine vinegar with 1 liter of water and spray on azaleas, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas. All of these flowers love acidic soil, writes Balcony Garden Web.

4. Add nutrients to soil

Not sure which plants you should spray? Use vinegar to raise the oxygen level in the soil instead. Pour a few hundred milliliters of vinegar into a watering can, fill with water, and water your plants as usual.

Read more about which plants like acidic soil here.


5. Give seeds a jump-start

When it comes time to plant seeds, the wait for sprouts can take forever, and some plants like asparagus and okra might never come up.

So to make sure your seeds germinate without taking weeks, gently rub them between two pieces of sandpaper. Then let them soak overnight in a mixture of four parts lukewarm water to one part white vinegar and a few drops of dish detergent, writes Wikihow.

They’ll be ready to plant the next day, and it won’t be long before they start to sprout.

6. Clean up rusty gardening tools

Are your shovels and weeders starting to look old and rusty? Keep calm. Balcony Garden Web has the solution—and it doesn’t involve wasting money on new ones. Just mist them with a little vinegar spray, rinse, and clean.

7. Make clay pots new again

When they’re new, clay pots have a beautiful reddish color to them. But after a few years, they start to get pretty sad looking.

But don’t despair. Soak old pots in equal parts vinegar and water and you’ll be able to bring them back to their former glory, writes Balcony Garden Web.


8. Keep cut flowers alive a lot longer

Do you have a garden full of beautiful flowers? Outside, they live for a long time, but when you pick them and make a bouquet inside, they only take a few days to dry up.

Add two teaspoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your vase and you’ll be able to enjoy your bouquets much longer, writes Balcony Garden Web.

9. Keep pets away

Does your neighbor have a cat or dog who loves to visit your yard and roll in your plants?

According to Balcony Garden Web, you can soak some old rags or pieces of cloth in vinegar and place them in your garden, keeping unwelcome guests away. Repeat once a week.


10. Keep wildlife at a distance

Whether they’re pets or wild animals, unwelcome guests are never appreciated.

But you’d never want to poison or hurt your furry friends. Instead, soak a couple of corncobs in white vinegar overnight, writes Wikihow.

Then, place them around your garden to avoid unwelcome visitors. Repeat every other week.

11. Get rid of snails and insects

Vinegar is a natural insecticide that’s totally harmless to pets.

Spray vinegar at the edges of your yard to keep the creepy crawlies away. You can also spray vinegar directly on stubborn invaders. It’s not a pretty sight, but it works, writes Orchard Care Lady.

I’d heard of some of these tips before, but many of them were brand new.

How many did you know?

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