Baking soda has hundreds of uses in the kitchen and around the house. But it also has tons of uses in the garden! Here are just some of the ways to use baking soda in your garden.
15 Ways to Use Baking Soda in Your Garden
Make a natural fungicide with a mixture of baking soda. Combine four tablespoons of baking soda with a gallon of water and spread it around your garden as necessary.
2. Revive Roses
Combine one tablespoon of baking soda, ½ tablespoon of clear ammonia and one tablespoon of Epsom salts into a gallon of water. Then use it to water around your roses and you should see them bloom in no time!
3. Weed Killer
Don’t waste money on expensive (and dangerous) weed killer products. Make your own homemade remedy! All you need to do is pour baking soda in between the cracks of your cement where the weeds are growing. Repeat until they’re dead.
4. Test PH Level
Baking soda is a cheap and simple way to measure the acidity of your soil. Dampen the soil a bit and then pour the baking soda on it. If it starts to bubble, then the soil has a pH level under 5–which is too acidic.
5. Sweeten Tomatoes
If you’ve picked some tomatoes, only to realize that they’re bitter, there’s no need to fear. Just spread some baking soda around the soil and base of the plant and it should sweeten the tomatoes.
6. Kill Crabgrass
While this is a great way to kill obnoxious crabgrass, just be careful that you don’t spill it on the grass around it. The baking soda will kill the crabgrass, but it will also wilt healthy grass. Be careful!
7. Kill Slugs
If you’ve found a hoard of slugs destroying your garden, here’s an easy fix. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on them. No more need to worry about your plants!
8. Repel Pests
Some pests, such as ants and rabbits, don’t like baking soda. If you have a pest problem, put some baking soda in your garden around the perimeter. This should ward off most pests.
9. Feed Alkaline Plants
Some plants, including begonias, really alkaline soil. Baking soda is a great source for these kinds of plants. Put a little bit in their water and the flowers will perk right up!
10. Deodorize Compost
Compost piles are a natural way to provide nutrients to your garden. But they can also get smelly really fast. To improve the air around your compost, put some baking soda around the edge of the pile to absorb any bad odors.
11. Clean Birdbaths
Birdbaths can get pretty dirty, but it’s not always safe to use harsh chemicals to clean them. Instead, sprinkle some baking soda inside, then use a damp cloth to scrub away dirt and grime.
12. Extend Flower Life
Extend the life of your cut flowers with baking soda. Put a little bit in the water at the bottom of the vase to keep the flowers fresher longer.
13. Clean Clay Flowerpots
Cleaning flowerpots is a necessity, but using harsh chemical cleaners isn’t. For a safe and clean alternative, use a baking soda paste and sponge.
14. Washing Hands
Working in the garden gets hands and arms grimy. But baking soda helps get them clean again. Get your hands wet, scrub them with some baking soda, and rinse. The dirt should come right off.
15. Kill Cabbageworms
Cabbageworms are harmful for all sorts of plants in your garden. If you find you have a cabbageworm problem, sprinkle baking soda around the plants. Repeat as necessary.
Before you go, check out all the magical things you can do with baking soda and vinegar!