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15 Ways to Use Vinegar in Your Garden

Keep Fruit Flies Away
Protect your fruits and fruit trees by making a fruit fly deterrent or rather attractant that they get stuck in.

To make: use 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of molasses. Mix it all together. Using empty and clean tin cans, make a wire or sturdy string hanger and hang in your fruit trees. This will attract the flies and they will get stuck. A similar concoction can be made to trap fruit flies in the house too!

Help Acid Loving Plants
By using vinegar in the water, you can increase the iron in the soil, which acid loving plants like! To do this for hard water areas, add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of tap water for watering your acid loving plants.

Keep Ants Away
Spray your ant infested areas and ant hills with undiluted vinegar and this will solve your ant problem! You may need to reapply a few times for a few days.

Get Rid of Deer, Rabbits, Raccoons, and Cats
These animals hate the smell of vinegar and it will keep them out of your garden naturally and safely. It is best to soak something in full strength vinegar for an hour or so and then place around your garden. Corn cobs, cotton balls, rags, etc.

Rust Eliminator
If you have any rusty garden tools, yard tools or yard pieces, you can remove the rust by either soaking or spraying undiluted vinegar and rinse/wipe clean.

Kill Mold in Containers
It is important to start with clean pots or seedling starter containers so that you can reduce your chances of mold or fungus on your plants. Vinegar and water together can act as a natural mold killer in your containers before replanting.

Reduce Brown Spots in Your Yard
This one sounds weird and it will only work if you have a dog. Every time you fill your dog’s water bowl, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the bowl. It is harmless for the dog, but as your dog pees in your yard, it will cure the brown spots….. now if only you can train him/her to pee in the right places!

Kill Grass and Weeds in Unwanted Areas
Spraying or pouring straight vinegar on your weeds or grass that has overgrown onto driveways or cement will kill them and stop them from growing for a time. Also, adding salt to the mixture may be a little more effective in this process. You also may need to do this a few times, but it is safer and a natural alternative.

Keep Your Garden Flowers Longer
If you want to enjoy fruits of your labors indoors with your cut flowers, you can make them last a little longer by making your own feed for your flowers. Just add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar in a 1-quart vase of water to your flowers. Trim the stems of the flowers and change this solution about every 5 days or as needed.

Potted Plant Fertilizer
Fertilize your potted plants and purify the water by adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water before you water your potted plants.

Feed Plants
Give your plants extra nutrients with a solution of vinegar, sugar and water. First, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar for every 8 ounces of water. Then feed your plants as needed!

Clean Garden Tools
Easily clean your garden tools naturally with a bucket of vinegar and water. Just pour a few ounces of vinegar in a gallon of water and soak and rinse your tools before putting away or storing! You can also mix 3 ounces of vinegar in 32 oz bottle and spray it on to clean! This will also naturally kill fungus that may develop on your tools from the soil.

Kill Slugs
Just use undiluted vinegar sprayed directly on to kill slugs and snails that eat your lettuce and veggies.

Plant Fungicide
Similar to the damping off issue on your seedlings, you can take a mixture of 2 tablespoons of vinegar and brewed chamomile tea to spray on your plants outdoors to kill fungus and mold that may have grown.

Pecking Chickens
If you have backyard chickens, they can get to a point where they start pecking at each other. You can help solve this problem naturally! How? Just add a tablespoon of cider vinegar to their drinking water and they will stop pecking at each other! It is a safe and natural solution!

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