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Nifty Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar In The Garden
Find out more about the many benefits of apple cider vinegar by following these tips!
Cheryl Knight
04.30.18

Planting and growing a garden takes a lot of work. And you have to deal with weeds, pests, or fertilizing the soil to get the best results. But did you know that apple cider vinegar is a wondrous substance that can ensure you have one of the best gardens in your neighborhood every year?

Apple cider vinegar is extremely versatile, including using it as a cleaning agent for your gardening tools, to keep animals and pests away from your plants, or as a fertilizer. Every gardener should keep some apple cider vinegar in their gardening supplies. Check out these seven uses for apple cider vinegar in your garden.

Use as a Fertilizer

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One of the best uses for apple cider vinegar is as a fertilizer. Its slightly acidic nature works great for plants that thrive off of acidic conditions. Plants that thrive when apple cider vinegar is used as a fertilizer include radishes, potatoes, and peppers, among others.

Kill Grass and Weeds

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Using undiluted apple cider vinegar on grass and weeds helps in their removal. You can even add a little bit of salt for a more effective weed killer. When applying apple cider vinegar as a weed killer in your garden, avoid getting it on the plants you want to keep.

Keep Away Pets and Animals

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Placing a little apple cider vinegar around the edges of your garden is a great way to keep out household pets, such as cats and dogs, as well as wild animals, including raccoons, rabbits, and deer. Just soak a few rags and place them strategically throughout. To maintain the rags effectiveness, re-soak once a week.

Use as a Pesticide

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Apple cider vinegar also keeps a variety of pests out of your garden. Spraying slugs and snails melts them on the spot. Control the presence of ants by spraying it on nearby mounds. For other pests that like to eat plant leaves, dilute the apple cider vinegar (1 part to three parts water) and apply is using a spray bottle.

Keep Away Fruit Flies

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To keep your garden free of fruit flies, place a mixture of 1 cup of water, a half-cup of apple cider vinegar, a quarter-cup of sugar, and a tablespoon of molasses into a container. This mixture should attract any fruit flies. Spread the containers around your garden for maximum effect.

Clean Your Tools

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Clean rusty tools using apple cider vinegar. The slightly acidic nature of the apple cider vinegar naturally eats away at rust. Allow heavily rusted tools to soak overnight. For a more standard application, use apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle to apply it.

Clean Clay Pots

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In addition to killing mold, apple cider vinegar works great when cleaning clay pots. Instead of throwing old pots away, scrub them using apple cider vinegar and then soak them overnight in a mixture of four cups of water and one cup of vinegar. Remove and soak in clean water before use.

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As you can see, apple cider vinegar has many uses in the garden. In addition to working as a fertilizer, cleaner, or rust remover, apple cider vinegar can help keep common pests and animals, and even your pets out of your garden. So, the next time you shop for gardening supplies, include some apple cider vinegar.

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By Cheryl Knight
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Cheryl Knight is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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