Baking Soda has multipurposes in the garden. You can use it as a pesticide, to discourage pests including rabbits, kill weeds, use it as a fertilizer for your houseplants and use it to check to see if your soil is acidic.

Use baking soda in the following ways:
  • Pesticide
    • Take 1 cup of cooking oil, 6 tsps. of baking soda and 3 cups of water, fill a sprayer and use it to kill white flies, aphids and spider mites.
    •  In warm climates you can sprinkle baking soda full strength on crabgrass to kill it. You may need more than one application.
    • Take 1 gallon of water and add a tablespoon of baking soda and use it to prevent powdery mildew. This will only work as a preventative.
  • Discourage pests
    • Sprinkle baking soda around the soil of your garden and it will keep rabbits, ants, silver fish and roaches away. Put directly onto slugs to kill them. Be careful not to get it on the plants.
  • Kill weeds
    • Sprinkle directly on weeds growing in and around your sidewalk and driveway cracks. This may a take more than one application.
  • Fertilizer
    • Take a gallon of warm water and mix 1 tsp. of each epsom salt, baking powder, saltpeter and 1/2 teaspon of ammonia. Use this as a fertilizer in your houseplants
  • PH level
    • Wet soil and take a small amount of baking soda and sprinkle onto soil, if it bubbles your soil is acidic with a PH level under 5.
Using baking soda in the garden gives you an alternative to using other harsh chemicals to prevent some of the problems you face everyday in your garden. It is also economical.

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