Daily Health Tips
Published on Sep 6, 2017
Best Uses For Baking Soda In The Garden
1. Use it as a pesticide
Natural pest control is less expensive than buying pesticides, and it’s much safer for your garden, your family, the environment and wildlife. In North America, every year there are 136 million pounds of pesticides used on gardens and lawns. Surprisingly, homeowners are said to use about three times the amount pesticides as farmers, and the majority of wildlife as well as water contamination, is not from farms or other large organizations, it’s from single-family homes.
2. Testing the pH of your garden soil
Knowing your soil pH is the key to understanding whether essential minerals will be available to get to the roots of your plants, which is necessary for their survival.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “if you live in an area with alkaline soil — which has a pH above 7.0, you have two options. You can either take measures to lower the pH, or you can choose plants well-suited to growing in alkaline conditions. If you take the latter path, you have a wide variety of plants to choose from.”
3. Clean garden furniture, bird baths and clay pots
Baking soda can be used as a very effective cleaning tool that won’t harm birds and other wildlife as there are no toxic chemicals. Simply sprinkle it onto the item you want to clean and use a damp cloth to get rid of dirt, grime, and other debris. It’s mildly abrasive to peel off stains, yet it won’t scratch surfaces. Use water to rinse it clean, and it will be just like new – and, no harmful residue will be absorbed by the clay.
4. Get more beautiful blooms
For flowers that thrive in alkaline soil, such as hydrangeas, begonias, and geraniums, you can encourage them to bloom magnificently by using baking soda. Just dissolve a little baking soda in your water before giving them their regular drink.
When you’re ready to cut them, you can extend the life of your beautiful cut flowers by using the same combination – dropping them into a vase with a mixture of a bit of baking soda and water.
5. Eliminate slugs
If you want to get rid of slugs in your garden, remember, you don’t need to turn to pricey, hazardous chemicals when baking soda is around. Simply sprinkle baking soda right on them to kill them. You can also place a dusting on the soil around your plants to deter slugs from eating them – just be careful to avoid the plants themselves as putting baking soda on them directly will burn them.
6. Make your tomatoes sweeter
You can sweeten your tomatoes by lowering the acidity of the soil with baking soda. It also helps to discourage any pets. Simply sprinkle it lightly onto the soil they’re in and the baking soda will be absorbed into it, lowering the acidity level of the soil and the tomatoes for a sweeter, rather than a tart flavor.
7. Rejuvenate your plants
Baking soda can even give your plants a boost, rejuvenating them so that they’re lush and green once again. Combine a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of Epsom salt and a half teaspoon of ammonia in a gallon of water. Be sure to mix it well, and then give each of your plants about a quart of the solution. It serves as a fertilizer, perking up plants that are dull or are growing slowly.
9. Eradicate cabbage worms
Cabbage worms are one of the worst nightmares for a gardener as they can quickly wreak havoc throughout a garden, which means controlling them is a must for its health. The good news is that baking soda comes to the rescue once again as an effective solution for killing them
10. Smelly compost
To keep the smell from a compost pile under control, use a small amount of baking soda which will eliminate the odor and prevent acidity build up – just use it sparingly as too much can slow the composting process.
11. Preventing mildewing on leaves
You can spray a baking soda/water mixture on the leaves of plants to help prevent mildew by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of liquid soap into about a quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto plants prone to mildew. This is highly effective on rose bushes, flowers, fruit trees and throughout a vegetable garden.