Beneficial uses of baking soda in the garden

Baking soda is our ally in cleaning and cooking, and it does great service in the garden as well.

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1. A natural fungicide

Mix 4 teaspoons of baking soda with 3.5 liters of water, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray it regularly on blackening rose or grape vines, until the fungi are killed, or until the fruit appears.

2. Preventing and treating vine-mildew

If you have a garden, you probably have already met vine-mildew. Lilac, crab apple trees, phlox, bee balm, roses, grapes, pumpkins and cucumbers are the most frequent victims of this fungus.

This is how to make a spray to fight vine-mildew: mix 3.5 liters of water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and treat the plants with it once a week towards toe evening – avoid using it in full sun.

3. Foliage attacked by fungi

Mix 3.5 liters of water, 4 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon biologically decomposing soap. Mix well and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Treat the foliage and, if necessary, the soil with this mixture.

4. Against weeds

No matter how much you weed, convolvulus and dandelions always come through the cracks between tiles? Try this trick: sprinkle or sweep a thick layer of baking soda in between the cracks. This will prevent the weeds from growing.

5. Worms on cabbage

Vegetables are damaged by the worms of the cabbage shark-moth, cotton bollworms and corn borers the most often. To kill off all these pests, mix a little baking soda and flour, and sprinkle a thin layer of the mixture onto the plants. This mixture usually has an effect within 1-2 days; if not, repeat the procedure.

6. Hand cleaning

After a long and hard day in the garden, your hands will be dirty for sure, and regular soap won’t be sufficient to remove all the stains. Use baking soda to make your hands squeaky clean again.

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