I’m a lover of all things Apple Cider Vinegar. I’ve used it to help with weight loss, I’ve used it to help clear up my skin, AND I’ve used it in my garden for a whole host of purposes. For example, did you know that apple cider vinegar is WONDERFUL at eliminating pests throughout the garden? I’m serious, and I’ll discuss what else it can do below!
Use It As Fertilizer
Yes, really. Apple Cider vinegar makes for a great soil in your garden, just as long as you are using it on a plant that thrives in acidic soils. I’ve used a diluted ACV vinegar mixture as fertilizer in my blueberry, azalea, and gardenia plants. They love acidic soil, and they’ll love the vinegar boost. Mix 10 ounces of apple cider vinegar into a 10-gallon bucket and then fill with water. Use this diluted mixture on your plant’s soil.
And For Pest Control
Naturally, the acidity of vinegar makes it a great method for pest control. Who knew fruit flies hate acidic environments? Fruit flies can be detrimental to your garden, and annoying to look at, so use ACV to solve the problem. To get rid of fruit flies in the garden, simply hang a mixture of 1/2 cup ACV, a 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. of molasses, and 1 cup of water in tin cans around your garden. The flies won’t bother your plants when something as sweet as this is hanging around!
Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Clean Rusty Tools and Clay Pots
Not only is apple cider vinegar great for pest control and fertilizer in your garden, but you can use it to clean, as well! To remove the rust from your garden tools, simply fill a spray bottle with undiluted apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to affected areas. For heavily rusted tools, let them sit in a bucket of apple cider vinegar for a day or two. To clean clay pots, soak them in a mixture of 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of water. Your clay pots (and garden tools!) will look like new in no time at all!
Use It To Adjust PH Levels In Your Garden
Plants are really sensitive to changes in PH levels, so when the PH level of your soil is off, it can be seriously detrimental to any vegetable garden! Test your soil using the information from this guide first, and use it to determine if you need to make your soil more acidic, or more basic. Your plants will thank you for testing the soil, and your veggies will grow (and taste!) that much better.
Keep Pets Away
Got a dog that just can’t resist a growing vegetable of yours in the garden? No worries! Soak a few rags in Apple Cider vinegar and place them throughout your garden. The smell alone will keep pests at bay, but the taste will definitely dissuade curious explorers!