Baking soda is one of those amazing natural products that has a myriad of uses around the home and garden so if you like the idea of using natural pest and weed control, here are just 7 ways to use baking soda in the garden.
Sprinkle or sweep baking soda in a thick layer into the cracks of your paving, paths and driveways. The baking soda should kill small weeds already growing and will prevent new ones from coming up.
2. To Treat And Prevent Powdery Mildew
Powdery mildew is a white fungal infection which is mainly found on vegetables like pumpkin, courgettes, cucumber, peas, beans and even swiss chard. It can also attack flowering plants like impatiens, lilacs and zinnias.
To treat make a spray of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid. Spray this your plants weekly and try to apply on overcast days to avoid burning the foliage.
3. To Control Cabbage Green Caterpillar
These bright green caterpillars are the larvae of the white cabbage butterfly and love to munch on your brassicas like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages.
Mix together 50% flour with 50% baking soda and dust onto infected plants. Much easier than picking off the little culprits by hand!
4. As A Preventative For Black Spot Fungus Found Mainly On Roses
The best thing to do for black spot which discolors your foliage and can be quite unsightly is to first remove the infected leaves and remember to put them in the trash NOT the compost heap.
Then make a spray of 2 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons white oil and 1 gallon of water. Spray your plants and then remember to spray again as new foliage starts to appear. You can also use this mixture on grapes and other vines when fruit first appears.
5. As A Crab Grass Killer
Crabgrass can be very difficult to remove so try this method.
Firstly wet the crabgrass and then dust with straight baking soda. You can also make a paste out of water and baking soda and then apply to the crabgrass with a paintbrush.
6. Sweeten Your Tomatoes
Sprinkle baking soda around your tomato plants once a week during the growing season. This lowers the acidity level of the soil resulting in sweeter tomatoes. Remember to water your plants after applying the baking soda so that it goes into the soil.
7. Kill Slugs
Sprinkle baking soda directly on slugs to kill them. You can also sprinkle some on the soil around your plants to deter slugs and snails from eating your precious plants. Remember to be very careful not to get it on your plants though as straight baking soda will burn them.