Gardening is one of the best physical activities you can do because it has countless physical and mental health benefits. What’s more, the products that are fresh and grown by us are of much higher quality than those that we buy at the grocery store, and their taste is simply incomparable.
But did you know that baking soda can be your magic wand in the garden?
This versatile product is your best friend when it comes to the whole house because it’s an amazing kitchen ingredient and a great beauty and cleaning product.
Baking soda replaces synthetic chemicals and is a safer and less expensive way to take care of your garden:
To keep critters away, mix one tablespoon of olive oil, two tablespoons of baking soda, and a few drops of liquid soap with a gallon of water. Spray this mixture in the garden every three days. Gently spray this mixture in the garden every three days to repel insects.
Mix flour and baking soda in equal quantities and sprinkle all the products that grow with cabbage worms, and you will destroy them.
Mix 5 tablespoons of baking powder with the same amount of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of water and pour the mixture into the anthills. Add a little vinegar and you will reduce the ant population in the garden.
- fungi, mildew and weeds
To get rid of fungus in the garden, mix 4 teaspoons of baking soda with a gallon of water and apply the mixture to problem areas.
To protect fruits and vegetables from mold, spray them with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 2.5 tablespoons of horticultural oil and 4.5 liters of water.
To get rid of weeds, especially crabgrass that grows between the cracks in your sidewalks, moisten the area and add a thick layer of baking soda into the cracks to create a paste.
- compost and soil
To test the pH of soil, you need half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar. Next, take two soil samples and place them in separate containers. Pour vinegar into one of the samples and if it bubbles, its pH is above seven or is alkaline. If not, add baking soda to the other sample with half a cup of water, and if it is now bubbling, it is acidic.
To reduce the intense smell of compost, just sprinkle a little baking soda on top of the pile.
- taste and appearance of plants
Tomatoes are sweeter when grown in less acidic soils, so sprinkle some baking soda in the soil around them.
To stimulate the flowering of begonias, hydrangeas, and geraniums, water them monthly with a unique tonic made from two liters of water and a tablespoon of baking soda.
To help your lilies, irises, geraniums and daisies grow healthier and more vibrant, add a little baking soda to the water before you water them.
Use baking soda to clean your garden decorations. Wash them with a liter of hot water and two tablespoons of baking soda. Dip a brush into the mixture and scrub to remove the stains.
Baking soda is also great for cleaning garden paths. If they are covered with weeds and dirt, wash them with the same mixture and they will regain their beauty.