Baking soda has many uses in the kitchen and around the house. It can be used as a leavening agent for baked goods, it can be used to remove odors and stains, and it can also be used in your garden.
What is Baking Soda?
Baking soda is a natural alkaline compound that produces carbon dioxide gas when combined with an acid. Also called sodium bicarbonate, it often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate).
It is often used as a leavening agent and a natural cleaning agent. It can also be used to care for plants in the garden. It is especially helpful for gardeners who want to maintain an organic garden
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Ways to Use Baking Soda in the Garden
Houseplants can be susceptible to dust and grease buildup which can affect photosynthesis. To help your plants stay healthy, dilute a pinch of baking soda in a liter of water. Moisten a lint-free cloth with this solution wipe the top and bottom surface of leaves.
Improve the pH Level of Soil
If the soil in your garden is acidic, you can sprinkle some baking soda on it to keep its pH levels balanced. As the acid in the soil reacts with the baking soda, the soil is neutralized.
Baking soda can be used to give garden plants a boost. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with ½ teaspoon clear ammonia and 1 teaspoon Epsom salts in a gallon of water. Give each plant a quart of this solution to perk up, rejuvenate, and promote lush green leas.
Eliminate Odor in Your Compost Pile
Your compost pile can give off an unpleasant odor as it breaks down. You can use a small amount of baking soda to prevent acidity build-up and eliminate odor in a compost heap.
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Get Rid of Pests
If you’re battling slugs in the garden, you can fend them off using baking soda. Simply sprinkle this powder on your garden beds to get rid of these pests.
Cabbage worm-infested brassicas will also benefit from a sprinkling of baking soda. These pests will end up eating the powder and die.
Meanwhile, a mixture of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/3 cup olive oil mixed with 1 gallon water can be sprayed on plants to repel aphids, scales, and spider mites.
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