Gardening season is just around the corner! If you are like me, then you probably have been perusing the plant care aisle at your local home store. If you want to perk up or protect your plants, there are so many chemical solutions available to help. These solutions can help with fertilizing, feeding, and protecting your garden plants. But did you know that these plant foods and fertilizers can sell for as much as $5.00 a pound? Wow! Plus, if you are environmentally conscious, you may not want to be dumping chemicals on your tomatoes and cucumbers. Yuck!
So what should you do? Are you destined to spend huge sums of money and mingle with nasty chemicals in order to have a beautiful garden? No way! Lucky for you, there are a couple simple and inexpensive home remedies to help keep your garden looking its very best. You can whip these up in just minutes and on a budget. In fact, most of the ingredients can be found right in your kitchen!
Take a look at some of these frugal homemade garden remedies!
Basic Plant Food:
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon epsom salts
1 teaspoon ammonia
Mix ingredients together in a gallon of room temperature water. Store the solution in an airtight, labeled container. Use it once every 4 to 6 weeks, or even less if your plants are happy!
1 minced garlic clove
1 cup warm water
3-4 drops of dish soap
Mix the three ingredients together and pour into a labeled spray bottle. Spray generously on plants, both edible and non edible. Bugs will find this mixture repulsive and will leave your plants alone.
Safe and Effective Weed Killer:
1 gallon of distilled vinegar
1 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Mix the ingredients and pour into a labeled spray bottle. Spray directly on weeds in the garden or pour directly into cracks of walks and driveways. Repeat as needed. The best part about using this mixture is, it is safe for kids and pets to play after it has been applied!No waiting period.
A little FYI…All of these mixtures are safe to use around children and pets, and can be stored and used throughout the summer. To make larger batches of any of these recipes, just double the measurements! Be sure to label any mixtures clearly and even though they are safe, keep out of the reach of children so they do not tamper with them.
It is time to get garden ready. So this summer, skip the harsh chemicals and costly fertilizers. Save money and mix up your own batches instead! Perhaps with all of the cash you save, you can invest in that fun lawn ornament you have had your eyes on! Hey, why not?