We are sure you already know baking soda is beneficial for your home and kitchen as it offers a safe and inexpensive way to clean the kitchen and bathroom. What about the garden? Here are the top 10 ways you can use baking soda in the garden to keep it healthy and pest-free.
1. Use Baking Soda To Test the PH Level of the Soil
Wet your soil with distilled water and sprinkle some baking soda over the damp part. If the soil starts bubbling, you have acidic soil with a pH level lower than 5.
2. Homemade Plant Fungicide
Mix four tablespoons with 1 gallon of water and you will get a homemade fungicide a lot cheaper and with much fewer chemicals and toxins than other harmful fungicides.
3. Get Rid of Slugs
Kill slugs quickly, by sprinkling a little baking soda on them. It will cause them to dry out and die.
4. Sweeten Tomatoes
If you prefer sweeter tomatoes, sprinkle a little baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants ( don’t sprinkle directly on the plant). The baking soda will absorb the soil and lower the acidity levels.
5. Make Cut Flowers Last Longer
If you have cut flowers and you want to extend its life, just dip the flowers into a mixture of baking soda and water.
6. Smelly Compost
Pour baking soda in your compost bin to eliminate odor.
7. Battle Ants
Take a little powdered sugar and mix it with an equal amount of baking soda. Then, put a little in areas where you have seen ants. The powdered sugar will attract the ants and the baking soda will kill them while they eat it.
8. Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden
Sprinkle some baking soda around your veggies to keep bunnies from nibbling on your plants.
9. Get Rid of Cabbage Worms
To get rid of cabbage worms, mix together equal parts of baking soda and flour and dust the mixture on the plants like cabbage, broccoli, kale all of which are attractive to cabbage worms. The mix is very effective in killing them.
10. Clean Your Hands
When you are done working in the garden, clean the garden dirt off your hands by rubbing and scrubbing wet hands with baking soda.