We often rely on the newest, most expensive gardening products in order to protect our plants. Sometimes it’s necessary to pull out the big guns on hard-to-tackle garden problems, but many issues can be solved with the creative use of baking soda! Here are ten ways to use baking soda in the garden.
10 Ways To Use Baking Soda In The Garden
Mix 4 teaspoons with 1 gallon of water to get a homemade fungicide that works as effectively as some store bought ones! This concoction is cheaper and has much fewer chemicals and toxins than other fungicides.
Mix an equal amount of baking soda and flour together and then dust the mixture over your plants (like broccoli and cabbage). This mixture will kill cabbageworms without you having to do much more at all!
Nothing is worse than coming in from the garden and having gunk and grime on your hands that you can’t seem to get off. Use a little bit of baking soda and watch the dirt melt away. Just make sure to rinse your hands thoroughly to avoid irritation!
For flowers that thrive in alkaline soil (like begonias and hydrangeas), mix a teaspoon baking soda in with water and use it on those plants. The extra baking soda will help them grow and flower beautifully!
Test Soil PH Level
Wet your soil and sprinkle a handful baking soda over the damp part. If the soil begins to bubble then it has an acidity with a PH level of 5 or under.
More Ways to Use Baking Soda in the Garden
If you have an issue of slugs eating and destroying all your plants and hard work, then here’s a solution for you! Take a little bit of baking soda and pour it on the little pests and they’ll die off. Just make sure to clean baking soda off your plants so it doesn’t harm them.
Reduce Compost Stench
If you have a compost that reeks, then use some baking soda to fix it up! Just add it to your compost pile and, after a while, the stench should start disappearing. Baking soda helps stop acid buildup so the smell isn’t as overwhelming.
Keep Potted Plants Fresher
Sometimes it can be hard to keep potted plants fresh. Before you plant them, coat your clay pots with a thin layer of baking soda before adding the soil. This will help keep your plants fresher for longer.
This is a great way to clean your birdbaths without toxic or dangerous chemicals. Take a damp cloth and use the baking soda and water to scrub away dirt and stains. Make sure to rinse the birdbath with water afterwards and it won’t be harmed at all!
Ants can be an enormous hassle for any gardener. Get the anthill damp and then pour baking soda on it. Half an hour later, add some vinegar to the anthill and the ants will ingest the mixture and die, making your garden ant-free!
Tracey Green says
I battle with cabbage worms every year! I am definitely trying this, I have tried everything else organic.
Patty Williamson says
I am going to get rid of all these ants with the soda and vinegar. I swear this apt. complex is living on top of a HUDGE ant hill.
Maria Obando says
How do you mix soda and vinegar to kill ants?
This is really fantastic. Dise
Definitely going to try t his. I have tried everything else, to no avail.
sherry pought says
love will be trying on my gardens
Mary M Thompson says
Really good ideas.
Alice adams says
You show blue hydrangea… But using baking soda to improve the alkaline with make the hydrangea pink!!!
If u want your flowers to be blue stick some penny’s inthe dirt around the base of the plant
Are you talking about hydrangeas
Linda Johnson says
Carrie y Robinson says
I’m getting the bugs of my green veggie
Naseer Ahamd Panah says
I am facing grub and snail problem in roses and seasonal flowers
Thank you so much on uses of baking soda in garden. Help, have termite problem on lawn and in garden.
I tried this with my cabbage and the next day all the outer leaves were burned white like I had poured bleach on them!
Diane M says
how much water
Rihana Mohammed says
Would the baking soda help bachac it a type of large ants that eat leaves and flowers of certain plants.
How about spiders or insects that produce those cobwebs in my patio. I’m sorroundef by trees by the way like magnolia trees. Not sure where are they coming from.
Randall Garrity says
Any suggestions for getting rid of hornets? They make their nests on the ceiling & walls of my outdoor patio. I’d like eradicate these pests.
https://www.getridofthings.com/pests/bees-wasps/get-rid-of-hornets/ has a few good ideas. Just make sure they aren’t bees (we need to save those bees)!
Would be intresting if I can read the writing on these pages.Maybe using a black colouring would help.Otherwise no good to a lot of us with reading problems.
Some fantastic ideas here, my favourite being the ‘sweeten your tomatoes’ I never knew it was possible to use baking soda in such a versatile way.
Thank you for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed!