17 Surprisingly Effective Gardening Tricks That Keep Away Pests, Fight Disease And Improve Your Soil
The aim of every organic gardener is to produce the best products without using fertilizers and pesticides. The best way to succeed in that is to grow the plants naturally.
Today we will present you how you can use the common household substances which can help you to nourish the plants and make them grow faster.
Do not forget to mention that maybe some of these may seem a little odd, but you should know that they are really effective!
To improve the soil:
1. Use urine as a fertilizer
The human urine has nitrogen in its content which can boost the growth of lush foliage. It is recommended to use on plants like corn. You should not pee directly on the plants because the salt contains in the urine can burn the plants.
So, you need to collect the pee and mix it along with water then you can pour it on the plants. This is considered as an amazing growth booster!
2. Bury your kitchen waste in the garden
Another way to make your plants grow is to bury your kitchen waste between rows of vegetables. Make foot-deep ditches, throw the waste in and cover it with soil. You shouldn’t worry about the unpleasant smell because the waste will be buried deep.
3. Weed tea as fertilizer
Making a powerful fertilizer out of green tea will help you to kill the weeds in your garden. Just pull the weeds from the ground and cut them then soak them in hot water and leave them out in the sun for a few days. You can also do that with comfrey. The final result is a nitrogen-rich green which is considered as a great soil fertilizer.
4. Vinegar as a weed killer
Vinegar is another easy way which will help you to kill the weeds. You should spray the weeds with the vinegar on a sunny day. Just after a few days, you will notice that the weeds are gone. Afterward, make sure to neutralize the acid by sprinkling soma baking soda on the plants.
5. Adjust the pH with coffee grounds and wood ash
The pH of the plant depends on the plant type. So, it is very important to take individual care of them if you want all your plants to grow faster. You can add coffee grounds around acid loving plants (azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias) and wood ash to plants that require alkaline soil, such as beet soil, beans, asparagus, and broccoli.
6. Add eggshells and oyster shells to the garden beds
If you have plants which need alkaline soil then putting eggshells and crushed oyster shells around them will keep them happy and growing. This is because the shells contain calcium carbonate which is alkaline.
To improve the plants’ health
6. Play music to your plants
We know that its sounds strange, but this actually is very effective. According to biologists, you can help the plants grow faster by playing music to them. Many experiments showed that the plants did not like rock and country music, but prefer jazz and classical music.
Many popular vineyards use this method in order to boost the growth and maturity of their grapevines. For instance, Paradiso di Frassina a vineyard in Italia plays classical music while the DeMorgenzon vineyard, located in South Africa, plays baroque music.
7. Drive a nail into a tree to make it yield
This trick will help you if your old apple tree does not produce fruit anymore or your other trees aren’t flowering. You should drive a nail into the tree and wait for it to start blossoming.
8. Rusty nails in watering can help fight iron deficiency
If the leaves of your plants are becoming yellow, this may indicate that they are suffering from iron chlorosis which occurs as a result of iron deficiency. Your plants are not able to absorb iron from the soil, because of excess phosphorus or high soil pH.
Spraying the plants with iron-rich water can easily fix this problem, but if you want your plants to be supplied with iron in the long-term, just add a few rusty nails in the watering.
9. Extend the growing season with tubs of water
You should use tubes of water as heat sinks if you want to keep your garden warmer. The sun will warm both the water and the soil during the entire day, and during the night, the water will stay warm while the soil will cool down quickly. This method can be used for plant tents- just cover the tubes with plastic sheets, so the water will not evaporate.
10. Improve the fruit set with Epsom salt
The Epsom salt is hydrated magnesium sulfate, needed for the production of nuts, chlorophyll, and fruits. Add 2 tablespoons of the salt in a bottle with warm water and spray your plants.
11. Coconut water for root development
Coconut water is not only beneficial for our health, but also for the good condition of your plants. Coconut contains numerous minerals which can increase germination of seeds and improve root development.
To fight diseases
12. Fight fungal infections with baking soda
Besides the numerous benefits it can provide, baking soda can be extremely useful for your plants as well. You should mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a gallon of water.
Spray this mixture on the infected plants. Baking soda will not kill the plants, unlike the toxic fungicides, but will protect them from mild and other fungal infections.
13. Bury some pennies in your garden
Burying pennies in the soil is another simple trick which you can use in order to prevent fungal infections. The pennies are made of copper which is considered as an amazing fungicide.
For bug control
14. Get rid of aphids with soap and water
Insects and bugs represent a real damage to your plants mostly due to the fact that they can multiply very fast. In order to destroy them completely, remove their wax-coating and dehydrate them. You can do this by using a bar of soap and water. Mix 1 tablespoons of soap with a gallon of water and apply it on the infested plants.
15. Bring in some guests to feed on the pests
You can destroy the pests by releasing some of their enemies in the garden. Lacewings and ladybug beetles are typical predators of aphids. Yarrow and mint are plants which lacewings love, so as a reward for diminishing the aphids, you can grow these plants for them.
16. Let Neem protect your plants from pests
Neem oil extract can help you to prevent the pests from multiplying. The oil can act as a repellent and interrupt the feeding of the pests.
You need to mix 1 tablespoon of neem oil and ½ tablespoon of liquid dish soap to a quart of water. Spray this solution on the leaves. Make sure to spray the leaves once a week so you can get rid of pests permanently.
17. Control ants with borax and honey
The ants are not damaging to your garden, but their aphid farms can cause some troubles. Fortunately, you can control the aphids, by controlling the ants, meaning that you will get rid of the aphids by eliminating the ants. You should mix honey and borax and apply this mixture on the infested plants and theirs stems. This will dehydrate the ants, thus protect your plants.