In this post, we are sharing some tips and method to use vinegar in your gardens. Both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar have placed in organic gardening. Although white vinegar can be used as an herbicide, apple cider vinegar with 5 percent acidity has quite the opposite use. It can be used as a fertilizer to maintain healthy plants. Because apple cider vinegar is acidic, however, it is best to use it as a fertilizer for only acid-loving plants, such as blueberry bushes, gardenias, and azaleas.
Method to use Vinegar in your Gardens
1. Use Vinegar to Keep Fruit Flies Away
Are your fruit trees being invaded by fruit flies? Try this fruit fly bait, which is deadly and effective. Take 1 cup of water, a half a cup of cider vinegar, a quarter of a cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses. Mix it all together. Take old tin cans without their lids and make two holes in opposite ends for wire handles. Attach the handles and add an inch of the mixture to each can. Hang 2 – 3 tins in each tree. Check on the traps on a regular basis to refill and clean when necessary.
2. Use Vinegar to Help Acid Loving Plants
What about your acid-living plants like azaleas, gardenias, and rhododendrons? Are they flowering as well as they could be? If not increase the soil’s acidity. In hard water areas, add 1 cup of vinegar to 4 liters (1.1 US gal) of tap water. It will also release iron into the soil for the plants to use. And if you have too much time in your garden, add vinegar to neutralize it.
3. Use Vinegar to Improve germination
Did you know that you can improve your germination success rate of seeds by using vinegar? This is especially useful for those seeds that are more difficult to germinate such as asparagus and okra, morning glories and moonflowers. Rub the 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 squirt of washing-up liquid. Plant the next day as normal. You can use the same method, but without the sandpaper for nasturtiums, parsley, beetroot, and parsnips.
4. Use Vinegar to Stop the hen pecking
Are your chickens pecking each other? Add a tablespoon of cider vinegar to their drinking water, and they will stop!
5. Use Vinegar to fight inappropriate grass or weeds
Do you have weeds coming up in between your paving slabs on our driveway or pathway that you cannot remove by hand? Don’t use a herbicide that is known to damage the environment. Use an eco-friendly alternative instead. Take 1 liter (0.3 US gal) of boiled water, 2 tablespoons of salt and 5 tablespoons of vinegar. Mix it all together, and while it’s still hot, pour onto the offending plants.
6. Use Vinegar if you have an ant problem
Again you can apply this full-strength to the ants and they will not come anywhere near the stuff. This is very useful if you find a trail of them making a way into your house. Just spray the thresholds and reapply every couple of days to ensure that they stay away.
7. Use Vinegar for an eco-friendly insecticide
Slugs are real pests because they eat both vegetables, especially lettuces and plants, especially hostas. In this case, vinegar acts as a poison to the slugs because, if you spray slugs with it directly, they will die. You can treat snails in exactly the same way. However, because vinegar is also a herbicide, be careful where you spray your vinegar. Salvia, for example, will die if accidentally sprayed.
8. For Rabbits, Racoons soak corn cobs
Are those rabbits eating your vegetables, particularly your beans and peas? Soak corn cobs in full strength vinegar for a couple of hours until they are thoroughly soaked. You may even soak them overnight if you wish. Then place the cobs strategically around your veggie patch. They will keep rabbits away for as long as you re-soak your corn cobs every two weeks.
9. Use Vinegar to Keep away Cats
For those of you who are plagued by pests and little critters in the garden, fret no more. It will keep cats at bay if you spray in areas you want to deter them, particularly that sand-pit you may have in the garden for the children but those cats will insist on using as their own private toilet! Heavily spray full-strength vinegar around the edges of the sandpit and remember to reapply after it rains.
10. Use Vinegar as Rust Eliminator
If you have any rusty garden tools, yard tools or yard pieces, you can remove the rust by either soaking or spray undiluted vinegar and rinse/wipe clean.
11. Use Vinegar to Kill Mold in Containers
It is important to start with clean pots or seedling starter containers so that you can reduce your chances of mold or fungus on your plants. Vinegar and water together can act as a natural mold killer in your containers before replanting.
12. Use Vinegar as a fungicide
Are your garden plants struggling and your roses suffering from black spot or other fungal diseases? Take 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and mix it with 4 liters (1.1 US gal) of compost tea. Now spray your garden plants with this mixture and see the difference. For roses, the method is slightly different. Take 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar, and mix it with 4 liters (1.1 US gal) of water to control those fungal diseases. Of course, don’t forget the compost tea either on your roses to get the best results. For powdery mildew take 2-3 tablespoons of cider vinegar and mix with 4 liters (1.1 US gal) of water and spray your plants. This will help control the problem.
13. Use Vinegar to Reduce Brown Spots in Your Yard
This one sounds weird and it will only work if you have a dog. Everytime you fill your dog’s water bowl, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the bowl. It is harmless for the dog, but as your dog pees in your yard, it will cure the brown spots….. now if only you can train him/her to pee in the right places!
14. Use Vinegar to Keep Your Garden Flowers Longer
If you want to enjoy fruits of your labors indoors with your cut flowers, you can make them last a little longer by making your own feed for your flowers. Just add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar in a 1-quart vase of water to your flowers. Trim the stems of the flowers and change this solution about every 5 days or as needed.
15. Potted Plant Fertilizer
Fertilizer your potted plants and purify the water by adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water before you water your potted plants.
16. Use Vinegar to Feed Plants
Give your plants extra nutrients with a solution of vinegar, sugar, and water. First, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar for every 8 ounces of water. Then feed your plants as needed!
17. Use Vinegar to Clean Garden Tools
Easily clean your garden tools naturally with a bucket of vinegar and water. Just pour a few ounces of vinegar in a gallon of water and soak and rinse your tools before putting away or storing! You can also mix 3 ounces of vinegar in 32 oz bottle and spray it on to clean! This will also naturally kill the fungus that may develop on your tools from the soil.
18. Use Vinegar to Kill Slugs
Just use undiluted vinegar sprayed directly on to kill slugs and snails that eat your lettuce and veggies.