I try to garden organically and this means not using any chemicals in the Old House garden. With this in mind, I’m always looking for ways to improve my garden without harming any wildlife that I share my garden with.
Here are some ways that white wine vinegar may be useful to your garden:
1. Use it to control weeds
Using vinegar will help deter weeds. Simply spray pure vinegar onto weeds along pathways or in gravel. The acids in the vinegar break down the cell walls of the weeds. I wouldn’t recommend spraying pure vinegar on the weeds in your borders though, as it may kill your precious plants too! You may also like to wear gloves when doing this as vinegar stings on any open sore on your hands.
2. Use it to clean garden pots and tools.
Vinegar is brilliant for cleaning garden terracotta pots or garden tools. As terracotta pots age, they pick up salts from the plants and rain. This can make them look slightly grey. Clean them with a diluted spray of vinegar and they will look as good as new! It will also get rid of mould. Garden tools can be cleaned with pure vinegar by putting them in vinegar for a few minutes and then giving them a good scrub. The vinegar will even take off any small amounts of rust. You can also use vinegar to clean bird baths, bird tables, outdoor furniture and the glass in your greenhouse.
3. Extend the life of cut flowers.
By adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to a litre of water, you can prolong your beautiful flower arrangements in your home. Try it! It really works! My Nan told me this trick!
4. Make your acid loving plants happy.
By adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a litre of water you can spray your acid loving plants to give them a temporary boost. Acid loving plants are plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias but also strawberries and blueberries (although don’t spray the fruits!).
5. Deter ants and other pests.
I have a huge ant population in my garden with their nest being in an old tree stump in one of my main borders. The ants don’t bother me so I leave them alone however, I know that ants can be a nuisance so you can use white wine vinegar to deter them. Spray either pure or a diluted Mix along door and window frames to stop them coming inside. You can also use the same mix to kill Slugs and snails.
I hope you have found these tips useful!
Are there any ways that you use vinegar in your garden or home?
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.