Among the natural and economical products that can be used at home or in the classroom, vinegar is one of the most versatile. It can be used both for cooking and for cleaning the toilet bowl! It is an effective disinfectant, which can also help us in the yard.
Nothing is more normal than taking our vinegar out in the garden too! However, it must be used in the right way, because this household item might cause damage if you are not careful ...
Here are 9 things to consider before using vinegar in the garden.
What is forbidden?
Using homemade recipes in the garden is not always as easy and environmentally friendly as you might think. When it comes to weeding, for example, vinegar is controversial. Some municipalities even prohibit it.
Vinegar on paved surfaces
Some people use vinegar to kill weeds that nestle between the cracks in their pavers. The problem is that it can seep into groundwater and pollute the soil, harming flora and fauna. In addition, it can leave nasty stains on the stone ...
In the garden
Vinegar is not considered a plant protection product and should not be used for weed control in the garden.
Vinegar often does more harm than good in the garden, so many gardeners advise against its use. Yes, it destroys weeds well… but also any other plant with which it comes into contact with!
Its repeated use in the garden can have a negative impact on the pH value of the soil, which becomes acidic and harms the growth of plants, as well as earthworms and other organisms living underground.
For gardening, we recommend using only approved weedkillers and applying them only to the desired plant.
When should you use vinegar in the garden?
Vinegar can be very helpful on for the outdoors. Here's how to use it in the garden, in a targeted way.
1. Clean gardening tools
Gardening tools are often dirty and rusty. To eliminate all this (as well as the bacteria that can proliferate there) you can soak the tools in a liter of apple cider vinegar overnight.
Then simply wipe them off!
2. Wash patio furniture
Rattan or plastic furniture can be cleaned with vinegar. However, you should always test the material in an inconspicuous place beforehand, to ensure that it tolerates well this product.
Vinegar is not used to wash wooden furniture. And for those which are made of aluminum, simply wipe with a damp cloth.
3. Clean flower pots
To refresh ceramic or clay flowerpots, you can turn to a mixture of four parts water and one part apple cider vinegar. The jars are left to soak for at least one hour and the stains are rubbed with a sponge or brush.
4. Repel intruders
So that cats, marmots, hares, etc. do not take the garden for an all-you-can-eat buffet or a toilet, you can leave a sponge or a tea towel soaked in vinegar. Since animals are sensitive to odors, the smell of vinegar will discourage them. You can also have small containers with perforated lids all around the garden.
5. Germinate the seeds
Usually, “pre-germinated” seeds grow better and more vigorously. To do this, one can place the seeds in a mixture of five parts water and one vinegar overnight to promote the germination. Then simply rinse and plant them.
6. Protect fruit trees
To keep flies and pests away from trees, fill a container with water, a cup (250 ml) of apple cider vinegar, a cup (250 g) of sugar and a banana peel. It should be hung in the fruit tree and the contents should be replaced regularly.
7. Extend the life of cut flowers
Cut fresh flowers are so pretty, but quite fleeting. To enjoy a bouquet longer, place it in a vase with water mixed with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon (5 g) of sugar.
Now you know how to optimize the use of vinegar, without harming the environment and your items!