Gardeners are always looking for a magic bullet to help the plants of their garden remain healthy. Many of these gardeners have learned that they can depend on things normally stored in the kitchen cupboard to help.
For example, there’s cinnamon. An ideal spice for adding more flavor to tea, buns, donuts, hot chocolate, French toast and other treats, it is also ideal in helping cuttings from plants combat disease and infection. If you can’t get your hands on a rooting hormone, then dip the cutting into the cinnamon to protect it from fungal infection while it is growing. Keep in mind, however, that the spice does not stimulate the roots.
Another helper from the cupboard is vinegar. There are a number of benefits to using vinegar on plants. For example:
· A concoction of 500 ml of water and 125 ml of vinegar helps seeds germinate better. Soak the seeds in the substance the night before planting.
· 2 teaspoons of vinegar mixed with brewed chamomile tea can serve as a great spray to fight off fungus on plants.
· 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar per liter of water will assist in extending the life of cut flowers.
· Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water and add it to the soil near plants like rhododendrons and azaleas that favor acidic soil.