Baking soda has so many uses around the house and offers a safe and inexpensive way to clean your kitchen and bathroom. But what about the garden? Here are the best ways to 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 some distilled water and sprinkle a handful baking soda over the damp part. If the soil begins to bubble, you have acidic soil with a PH level that is probably lower than 5.
2. Homemade Plant Fungicide
Mix 4 Tbsp with 1 gallon of water to get a homemade fungicide that is cheaper and has much fewer chemicals and toxins than other fungicides.
3. Get Rid of Slugs
If you want to kill slugs quickly, just sprinkle a little baking soda on them! The baking soda will cause them to dry out and die.
4. Sweeten Tomatoes
Would you like your tomatoes to taste even sweeter? Just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants (don’t get it on the plant). The baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers 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 small amount of powdered sugar and mix it with an equal amount of baking soda. Then place small amounts in areas where ants are seen. The powdered sugar will attract ants and the baking soda will kill them when they eat it.
8. Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden
Sprinkle baking soda around your vegetable garden to keep bunnies from nibbling on your plants.
9. Get Rid of Cabbage Worms
Mix together equal parts of baking soda and flour and dust the mixture on the plants such as cabbage, broccoli, kale that are attractive to cabbage worms. This mix is effective in killing them.
10. Clean Your Hands
When you are done working in the garden, you can clean the garden dirt off of your hands by rubbing and scrubbing wet hands with baking soda.