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Try these 6 surprising remedies for problem gardens

If your garden isn’t fairing quite as well as you had hoped, you’re probably scouring the internet looking for effective remedies for gardening problems. You might be surprised (or maybe not) to hear that nature has the best remedies for nature’s problems. Whether you’re dealing with weeds, slugs, or lackluster blooms, chances are, you’ll find the solution right there in your kitchen.

Take a look at these 6 natural remedies for problem gardens, give one a try.


remedies for problem gardens

There is a seemingly endless list of uses for this tasty spice in the garden. Some of the ways in which it can be used include:

  • Rooting Agent—dip the stem in water and then apply a bit of cinnamon to stimulate growth.
  • Kill Mushrooms –Sprinkle onto rogue mushrooms to kill then and to prevent more from popping up.
  • Keep Ants Away –Ants hate cinnamon. Sprinkle some in your garden or even around your door to keep them at bay.
  • Protect Seedlings from Diseases
  • Use as a fungicide spray –Leave a mixture of cinnamon and water out overnight, then strain it into a spray bottle.
  • Promote Healing in Plants

Castor Oil

remedies for problem gardens

People of a certain generation may cringe at the mention of castor oil. But, the good news is that squirrels hate that oily stuff just as much as people do!

Use a mixture of 2 parts castor oil and 1 part dish soap to create a spray that’s said to repel squirrels, moles, skunks, and other garden pests, without posing a danger to children or household pets.


remedies for problem gardens

There are multiple uses for vinegar all around the house, both inside and outside. Here are 5 ways that it can help out in the garden.

  • Kills weeds and unwanted grass –Add white vinegar to a spray bottle and mist weeds on your hard surfaces, including driveways, walkways, and retaining walls.
  • Neutralizes garden lime
  • Increases the acidity of soil – Make a vinegar and water solution of 3.79 litres of water and 1 cup of vinegar, then water to revitalize acid-craving plants.
  • Kills slugs
  • Keeps rabbits, rodents, cats, and dogs away from garden vegetables – Soak washcloths in vinegar and hide then in places around your garden. Resoak cloths weekly.

Baking Soda

remedies for problem gardens

You probably already know that there are dozens of practical uses for baking soda around the house. Here are a few ways that you can use it in the garden.

  • Acts as a non-toxic fungicide
  • Treats and prevents powdery mildew
  • Discourages gnats
  • Discourages weeds
  • Kills cabbage worms
  • Kill crabgrass

Coffee Grounds

remedies for problem gardens

Both used and fresh coffee grounds can be beneficial in the garden.

  • Used coffee grounds add organic material to your soil
  • Fresh (unused) coffee grounds raise the acidic level of soil
  • Makes a good mulch
  • Repels slugs and snails
  • Makes excellent worm food

Banana Peels

remedies for problem gardens

Banana peels are spectacular in the garden, and very easy to use.

  • Turn them into fertilizer –Banana peels are an excellent source of nutrition for your garden. Brew it into a fertilizing “tea”, dry and grind them to be added to your soil, or add the whole peel when planting seeds.
  • Make a non-toxic bug trap
  • Use fermented banana peels to encourage healthier roses
  • Use fermented peels to add acid to your soil

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