One of the things I enjoy most about growing a home vegetable garden is using vinegar for pest control. There are several ways to apply vinegar, so I’ll just touch on a few of them in this article. First, let’s look at how to make a homemade pesticide. That’s right, all you need is grapefruit, garlic, hot peppers, some liquid laundry detergent, and some borax.
Prepare your mixture by combining the vinegar and the laundry detergent. You can also use honey, molasses, oil, Rosemary, basil, or spices to do the same. Add the liquid first, then put in the vinegar. Cover the entire area with plastic wrap, then tie it off at the top with a piece of string or yarn. It will keep the vinegar from seeping down into the ground as it is sprayed.
Now comes the really fun part. You will mix up some soap and water. Soap the plants, but leave out the tips. Soap the soil before applying the soap mixture.
Next, add the borax mixture and water. Then, spray the plants lightly with the herbicide. Make sure the spray is even all around the entire area. Wait a day or so and see if any of the plants have died. If so, remove the dead plant, wipe the soil clean and reapply the herbicide.
Using vinegar to fight pests is not only economical, but it’s easy and effective. The plant uses its own natural defenses to fend off those pesky insects. Plus, it is a very attractive plant for your yard. As long as you remember to water the plants regularly, there should be no problem with pests. Of course, it is best to use a non-organic type of vinegar for this purpose.
There are other organic acids that you can also use against pests. Take a look at your pantry or garden supply store and find a good category of sprays. Sprays like Green Light and Super Green are good for killing ground cover and weeds. Keep in mind that vinegar solution is more effective when the pests are already within the garden.
Another way to use vinegar to control pests is to mix it with dish soap. Spray the plants with the solution and let them sit for a few days. The vinegar will penetrate the soil and attack the pests on their skins. To make sure the solution works the right way, do not spray more than is needed. Just enough vinegar solution will do. You should be able to see a difference after a couple of weeks.
Using vinegar in the vegetable garden is a great way to prevent pests from getting in. This method is a good way to kill those pesky ants too. However, if you have tomato plants, there is another solution that you can try. It involves making your own compost. The best part about making your own compost is that it is a completely natural fertilizer. Get started today!
When using vinegar in the vegetable garden to get rid of pests, mix it with a bit of bleach and water. You can also purchase commercial products with a solution of 10 parts vinegar to one part bleach. Be sure to carefully read the labels on these products. The stronger the borate, the better it will work against soil-borne bugs.
Do not use this method on tomatoes since they can actually repel any pest you don’t like. In most cases, tomatoes will simply attract even more of those unwanted critters. If you want to use vinegar on tomatoes to get rid of garden pests, use pure vinegar. Unsweetened vinegar has the same effect but is tastier.
For other vegetable plants, vinegar can be sprayed directly to stop those pests from taking over your garden. However, some plants are sensitive to pesticides, and they need to be sprayed with an organic non-organic vinegar solution instead. You can also use a sharp knife to cut off the pests that are already in the plants. Make sure you wear gloves and use a non-sharp object, so you don’t accidentally prick yourself.
Many people think that using vinegar in the vegetable garden is a great way to keep pests out, but it can also harm the healthy plants you are trying to grow. Watch the plants you are growing and see if there are any problems with them. If they are not looking quite right, spray with vinegar solution again. This method should keep you free of those insects that may be attacking your garden.