Vinegar Uses In The Garden
During the colder months I try to do a lot of research, planning and preparing for my next garden season. Many years I can get started planting in February or March, especially when we have a warmer winter (in the 20's and 30's most of the time).
Since I do live in a cold weather climate, surrounded by mountains on two sides and hills on the other two, it tends to stay chilly here a little longer than it does just a few miles down the street.
But that's OK since my cold-weather crops have learned to thrive in this type of weather since I always use season extender methods to protect them.
But what I won't use is chemicals...ANYTHING! So I'm always testing new methods (to me) to find what works for my area. So here's a list of what I do use because it works and I added two new methods which I am going to try:
- weed control - full strength vinegar poured or sprayed onto weeds will kill the above ground vegetation but it will grow back as it does not kill the root. So for spot cleaning it works well.
- acid loving plants can get a mid-season boost when the soil is side-dressed with a combination of 1 cup white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water
- The above method can be used also as a foliar spray for acid plants ONLY
- Wash and sanitize all your clay or terra cotta pots etc by soaking them in a 1:1 ratio of water and white distilled vinegar.
- Soak any rusty or unused garden tools to remove build-up on them for a few hours. Rinse and dry!
- NEW: I'm going to try this... Reduce pet traffic in the garden area by soaking a few old T-shirts or long socks in straight vinegar. Tie them to a stake and place it around your high-traffic garden areas where you need help controlling the animals. Change them approximately every week or after a good soaking rain. Remember though be careful of your placement. You don't want it near vegetation because straight vinegar can kill vegetation.
- Also NEW to me: Ants, slugs and snails can be deterred by spraying straight vinegar around the edges of flower and vegetable beds by creating an inhospitable barrier around your plants. Repeat as needed or after rain.