Solve Simple Gardening Dilemmas With This Classic Solution
Take care of weeds, pests and more with this all-natural remedy.
By now you probably know that a humble box of baking soda can go well beyond your kitchen cabinet and do some pretty amazing things. Personally, I go through a lot of baking soda living with two felines. But you can also use it with a variety of other inexpensive, multipurpose solutions to unclog drains, remove carpet stains, refresh grout and scour kitchen appliances. It's a safe alternative to harsh, chemical-laden cleaners you could use, and a box generally costs less than a $1 at the supermarket. You're saving pennies and the environment!
Did you know, though, that you can take this centuries-old solution out to the garden, too? These clever gardening hacks will keep your yard looking beautiful all year long.
Bring beauty back to your sidewalks. Simply pour baking soda into cracks where weeds appear. The baking soda alone should kill any small weeds and prevent new ones from sprouting back up.
Sprinkle baking soda on your soil with a flour sifter to keep ants, roaches and slugs away from your garden. (Be sure to avoid your plants!) It's a safe way to keep beneficial insects around and say sayonara to the ones you're tired of seeing.
Nothing's better than sinking your teeth into a sweet, juicy tomato right from the garden. Baking soda can actually make them taste even better! Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants to lower the acidity levels. (The lower the acid level, the sweeter your tomatoes are.) Just make sure the baking soda doesn't get on the plant.
Is your compost pile starting to scare the neighbors? Sprinkle baking soda around your compost pile (or in the bin) to eliminate odor.