Natural gardening help for weeds etc


Horticultural Uses for Vinegar

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Vinegar can also be used to control weeds in your garden. According to Garrett:

To keep the weeds out of a decorative or utility gravel area, the best approach is to design them out from the beginning or use organic products later to kill the weeds. Salt, toxic herbicides and bleach should never be used because they contaminate the soil long term. They also leach into the water stream. To head off the problem, install the gravel in a thick layer – 6 to 8 inches after scraping away all grasses and weeds.

Any weeds that grow through the gravel can be sprayed and killed with a mix of 10 percent pickling vinegar mixed with 2 ounces orange oil and 1 teaspoon liquid soap or you can use commercial organic herbicides. Vinegar sprays can also be used to kill weeds in the cracks in sidewalks and driveways. The best choice for herbicide use is 10 percent white vinegar made from grain alcohol. It should be used full strength. Avoid products that are made from 99 percent glacial acetic acid. This material is a petroleum derivative. Natural vinegars such those made from fermenting apples have little herbicidal value.

Herbicide Formula:

1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) vinegar

Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene

Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional – some say it doesn’t help)

1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (I use Bio Wash)

Do not add water

Shake well before each spraying and spot spray weeds. Keep the spray off desirable plants. This spray will injure any plant it touches. This natural spray works best on warm to hot days. Vinegar sprayed on the bases of trees and other woody plants will not hurt the plant at all. This technique was first learned about by spraying the suckers and weeds growing around the bases of grapevines.

If your water is alkaline, add 1 tablespoon of 50-grain (5 percent) natural apple cider vinegar to each gallon of water to improve the quality of the water for potted plants and bedding. This doesn’t have to be done with every watering, though it wouldn’t hurt. This technique is especially helpful when trying to grow acid-loving plants such as gardenias, azaleas, and dogwoods. A tablespoon of vinegar per gallon added to the sprayer when foliar feeding lawns, shrubs, flowers, and trees is also highly beneficial, especially where soil or water is alkaline. The other horticultural use for vinegar is in the watering can.

Source : http://wakeup-world.com/2012/08/23/simple-trick-removes-pesticides-from-your-vegetables-fruits/

And to BAKING SODA ….

How to Make a Baking Soda Garden Spray

by Madiha |

Gardeners strive hard to make their gardens look beautiful but this calls for special care! A long living and beautiful garden is the one that is well maintained and maintenance means that the gardener is spraying the garden regularly. Many gardeners prefer to use organic sprays to control insects’ attacks especially when they have grown vegetables or fruits in their garden. Enriched with fungicidal properties , Baking Soda is a widely used organic spray which is safe for domestic gardens. Very simple to make and very effective at the same time, this white soluble compound can be used as a protecting spray for plants and is meant to fight against insects, powdery mildew and fungal diseases.

Sodium bicarbonate, the chemical name of baking soda, comes in powder form and is easily available in the markets.

In order to prepare the baking soda spray for the garden, you will need few things including:

Supplies: –

Baking Soda (1 tablespoon) –

Small Bucket with Water (1/2 liter) -Stirring Rod/ Spatula / Spoon –

Vegetable Oil (1 tablespoon) –

Liquid Soap (1 tablespoon) –

Sprinkling Bottle –

Fennel

4 Steps For How to Make a Baking Soda Garden Spray

1First of all add stated amount of baking soda and vegetable oil in a bowl. Now pour over warm water and stir with the help of stirring rod.

2As you stir,  add liquid washing soap and keep on stirring and leave it to cool down.

3After about 15 to 20 minutes, fix fennel on the neck of the bottle and pour the prepared solution into it.

4Your garden spraying Brew is ready.


Read more at: How to Make a Baking Soda Garden Spray

 http://www.stepbystep.com/how-to-make-a-baking-soda-garden-spray-13304/

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