Here are 6 Items from Your Spice Rack You Can Use in Your Garden for pest control, natural weed killer, and more. Give them a try in your garden this year!
Now that gardening season is here, you might be looking for ways to make it your best garden ever. Whether you are looking for effective pest control ideas, want to kill weeds naturally, or just want to give plants a boost, you don’t need to look any further than your spice rack. Below you will find 6 Items from Your Spice Rack You Can Use in Your Garden for these needs and more. Forget the chemical-filled solutions and store bought remedies, you have everything you need in your kitchen pantry!
6 Items from Your Spice Rack You Can Use in Your Garden
1. Hot Pepper Flakes- If rodents are digging up your plants, this no kill solution might be ideal. Sprinkle hot pepper flakes around the plant that is being attacked. Once critters get a taste or even a whiff of it, they will go elsewhere. Reapply after heavy winds or rains for best results.
2. Dried Mint- Mice and other small rodents don’t like the odor of mint, so sprinkling some dried mint flakes (or even a ripped open peppermint tea bag) around your plants might work as well. If they are sniffing around your seeds, be sure to sprinkle some mint there, too! While you want spiders in your garden for natural pest control, you can sprinkle the dried mint in your garden shed so the spiders don’t decide to hide out in there.
3. Sugar- Attract natural pollinators to your garden with the help of some basic white sugar. Make a mixture of 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved. You can then place the mixture in shallow dishes to attract butterflies and bees, which are natural pollinators.
4. Salt- You can use salt to kill weeds, just be careful you don’t apply it around other healthy/wanted plants or it will kill them too! You can mix a cup of salt into a gallon of hot water and pour the mixture directly over weeds to kill them. Reapply in 2 days if weeds still persist. The mixture should go down to the roots and destroy the entire weed system so it doesn’t return. For slug control, many gardeners like killing the slugs with as sprinkling of salt.
5. Cream of Tartar- If ants are an issue in your garden, you can sprinkle some cream of tartar around the area and watch them scatter. You can also make a cleaning paste out of cream of tartar and water, and use it to clean gardening materials, garden furniture, and garden décor.
6. Cinnamon- Did you know that cinnamon is an anti-fungal? Make a spray out of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Allow to sit overnight, then strain to remove any large chunks. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on plants where mildew and fungus have appeared.
Spices are excellent to have on hand for cooking, and now you know they can be just as beneficial in the garden, too! Consider these 6 items from your spice rack you can use in your garden, and see how simple it can be to get your garden blooming without the help of harsh chemicals.