Gardening is a fun and healthy activity that can soothe the spirit, feed the body and calm the mind. You can make gardening even healthier for you and your family if you use homemade garden products to fertilize the ground and deter pests. You’ve probably been throwing away most of what you need because you didn’t realize how useful it was. Now you get to have a healthier garden and reduce waste at the same time.
Gardening with Homemade Products
1. Make Your Own Compost
Compost is an important part of gardening. It allows you to fertilize the soil without having to resort to harsh chemicals. You can use most of your kitchen scraps as well as your yard debris to make great compost. Use organic scraps like vegetable peelings and fruit pieces. You can also add in paper products, like used tissue paper. The key is to make sure the compost is ventilated. To do this all you need is a bin or bucket with holes in it. Add your scraps and stir. You can even add lawn clippings and small dead branches. If you happen to notice an odour, try adding more dried leaves or small branches and stirring the compost. Spread on your garden before planting it.
2. Add Acidity and Deter Pests
Every time you empty your coffee grounds into the garbage you are throwing away natural fertilizer for your garden. Add those coffee grounds to the soil around acid-loving plants. You can also sprinkle them around the garden and house as a natural deterrent for ants.
3. Wash the Pests Away
Dish soap is great for the garden. Just add it to water and use to spray the plants. It’s best if you do this in the morning before the sun hits the plants. Rinse it off in the afternoon as you water the garden. Pests tend to avoid dish soap water, but if you leave it on your plants it could damage them. For More serious pest problems, add some baking soda to the dish soap water and put the water around the base of the pants or on the pests themselves.
You can also use the baking soda and dish soap water mixture to remove the fungus. Before treating the plant, remove the infected leaves. Next, coat the plant with the mixture. This should prevent further fungal infection.
4. Plant Defensively
You can use plants to defend your garden as well. What you plant depends on what you are trying to avoid. You can create a barrier of useful plants around your garden to keep pests away. Marigold and mint are some of the most effective plants because pests with wings and with fur both avoid these plants. The marigolds might draw in bees, but they have no interest in harming your garden.
Gardening with homemade products is a great way to keep your garden as healthy as possible. Since you already have these items around the house, why not put them to another use?