18 Surprisingly Effective Gardening Tricks That Keep Away Pests, Fight Disease And Improve Your Soil

18 Surprisingly Effective Gardening Tricks That Keep Away Pests, Fight Disease And Improve Your Soil

The health of every plant is very important, so every organic gardener tries his/her best to preserve it, except for using harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Today, we’re going to show you some really efficient tricks that will help you keep your plants in the best shape completely naturally! These remedies may appear strange at first, but you should definitely try them as they give amazing results!

To improve soil:

1.Bury the kitchen waste in the garden

Every part of your kitchen waste can be used in the garden, no matter if you have a compost pile or not. Make a ditch between the rows of vegetables, deep 1 foot, for the waste, and dump the kitchen waste there every day.

Cover up it with the soil piled along the edge of the ditch, to avoid bad smell and flies.  The ditch will look like a raised bed as soon as you cover it up, so plant the vegetables there the following year.

2.Adjust pH with wood ash and coffee grounds

The pH of the soil varies if you plant various plants. Try to bring it as close to neutral as possible using some large-scale soil amendments. Alkalize the soil in the asparagus patch, or the vegetable beds for beet, beans, broccoli with the wood ash from wood burning stoves and fireplaces. You can also use coffee grounds around ericaceous plants such as azaleas, roses, and rhododendrons.

3.Weed tea as fertilizer

The weeds use the nutrients of your garden plants, so use a weed tea fertilizer. Cut them up and dunk them in some water which has been kept in the sun, and in several days, your nitrogen-high green tea will be prepared. Use it as folia spray or soil fertilizer.

You can also use comfrey (Symphytum officinale) to prepare tea, because its deep roots are able to absorb nutrients from deeply in the soil and make them available for the plant.

4.Use your pee to fertilize plants

Urine is high in nitrogen, and even though its composition varies, its general NPK ratio is 11-1-2. According to this, the nitrogen in it promotes lush foliage growth and is extremely effective in the case of greens and grassy plants, such as corn.

If you pee directly on them, the high amounts of salt may scorch the plants, so do it a bit away from the plant’s base, or collect the pee in a bottle, dilute it with water in ratio 1:10, or even more, in the case of tender plants, and apply it to the root zone.

5.Vinegar as weed killer

Gardeners would try anything to eliminate weeds, but instead of the chemical weed killers, use vinegar, which is their better, natural variant!

Pour some of it into a spray bottle and drench the weeds, preferably on a hot and sunny weather. The acid will scorch the weeds and destroy them in a couple of days.

Water the place afterward to eliminate the excess acidity, or sprinkle some baking soda to neutralize it.

6.Add oyster shells and eggshells to your garden beds

Sweeten the soil and boost its health using a slow-release fertilizer made of crushed shells of oysters and eggs. The pieces should be as small as possible, so you can use a rolling pin. The soil is alkalized by the calcium carbonate in the shells.

To fight diseases:

7.Bury some pennies in the garden

Burying several copper coins in the garden will help you support the health of the soil and keep your plants safe and healthy, because in the same way, you will also avoid fungal infections.

Copper is a popular fungicide. The well-known fungicide Bordeaux mixture is made of copper sulfate and lime. As soon as you bury a copper coin in the soil, it will start releasing metal slowly, and kill the fungal spores inside.

8.Fight fungal diseases with baking soda

Commercial fungicides are extremely harmful. They are full of numerous toxic ingredients, and their use for your houseplants, vegetables, and plants is not recommended.

But, you can always use baking soda, which is an effective, cheap, non-toxic anti-fungal spray, which is used easily and provides amazing effects!

Add a tablespoon in a glass of warm water, and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Soak the plant in it to drip down and drench the soil.

For bug control:

9.Neem oil

The best way to protect your plants from pests is to use Neem oil extracted from the seeds of the Neem tree. This oil prevents the development of insects and their ability to proliferate.

Add several drops of any detergent in ½ a liter of water and a teaspoon of Neem oil in a spray bottle. Shake well, and drench the soil and the surrounding soil after 8 hours. Repeat this procedure once a week.

10.Bring in some guests to feed on the pests

Introduce potent natural enemies in order to keep pests away, because they may cause great damage. Buy aphid eaters online of garden supply stores. Plant yarrow, clover, or herbs like mint and fennel, which are also extremely helpful against insects.

11.Remove aphids with soap and water

Ants like to milk them, so they help aphids to colonize very quickly and multiply even quicker. You can prevent and remove mild infestations using a nice bath with water and soap, because its oil-cutting formula eliminates the waxy coating on the aphids, and makes them prone to dehydration. Add two tablespoons of dish soap in a gallon of water and mix well. Use this mixture to spray the plants.

12.Control ants in the garden with borax and honey

Ants are not too dangerous for your plants, but their aphid farms can lead to a serious damage, because they carry soft-bodied pests which suck plant to buds. Make sure you control the ants to prevent further complications.

Mix some borax and honey to prepare a paste which will serve as an organic ant-killer. Apply this borax paste around the base of the stems of plants infested with aphids. The consumption of the borax will dehydrate ants, and even destroy the entire colony if they carry some of it home.

To promote plant health:

13.Drive a nail into a tree to make it yield

Driving a nail into a tree provides great effects in jolting a tree into flowering and fruit set. If you drive a nail into the trunk of an old apple tree, it will be coaxed to flower.

People do this in India to stimulate coconut trees to bear fruit. Try it and make your trees bloom! The trees are not damaged by the nails, because they have a self-healing mechanism which produces scar tissue and isolates such foreign bodies.

14.Coconut water for root development

Coconuts contain a clear liquid inside, known as coconut milk, or coconut water, high in minerals, and able to improve the root development.

Replace the synthetic rooting hormones with coconut water, which is high in gibberellic acid and cytokinins to enhance the germination of seeds and root development in cuttings.

15.Improve fruit set with Epsom salt

If your pepper plants drop fruits, use Epsom salt! This salt is extremely high in magnesium, which is a vital chlorophyll component.

Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a quart bottle of warm water and shake well. Spray the plants with it for 2 weeks, when they start flowering until the fruiting process is over. You can also sprinkle some Epsom salt crystals around the plants once a week.

16.Extend growing season with tubs of water

Use tables of water to regulate the microenvironment in the garden. The water is heated by the solar radiation, as well as the garden soil. The soil is quickly cooled down in the evening, so the water slowly releases the stored up heat. The garden is kept warmer because of the water, so your plants are boosted a bit more before the winter.

Use water tubs in controlled environments within a plant tent to help the absorption of heat energy. Just cover the tubs with black plastic sheeting to prevent water loss due to evaporation.

17.Rusty nails in watering can help fight iron deficiency

The growth of your plants is significantly determined by iron. Its deficiency may lead to a condition known as iron chlorosis, manifested by yellowing of leaves, while their veins remain green.

Iron chlorosis is most often a result of the inability of the plants to absorb the iron, which may be caused by excessive amounts of phosphorous in the soil or high pH.

Spray the plants with some water high in iron for a quick-fix. The regular supply of iron can be ensured by several rusty nails in the watering.

18.Play music

All conscientious gardeners talk to their plants, and you can now start playing them some music! Plant biologists have confirmed that music significantly improves the growth of plants.

Dorothy Retallack has conducted experiments which have shown that plants even lean towards the speakers that play the kind of music they like.

According to numerous observations, plants prefer classical music to country music; absolutely love jazz, and hate rock.

Other interesting facts concerning the affinity of plants towards music are the following: DeMorgenzon vineyard in South Africa plays baroque music, while Paradiso di Frassina in Tuscany, Italy, plays selected classical pieces to stimulate their growth and development.