Baking soda is a substance that is often overlooked by everyone in the house. We use it for cleaning, food disinfection, and even for aesthetic purposes. But what you may not know is that it can also use it to take care of our garden.
Today we bring to you how using baking soda for our garden protects the health of our plants.
01.It fights the fungus in an ecological way
Mixing baking soda with soap and water can prevent fungal infections in some plants, shrubs, and fruit trees. Simply spraying the solution on the plant can stop the spread. But you have to keep in mind that since we are talking about a natural product, it will take longer to feel its effect than a chemical. Also, carefully monitor the reaction of each plant as excessive spraying can damage them.
02.It reduces the existence of annoying aphids
- Aphids are small animals that we do not necessarily need in our backyard. Aphids tend to eat the soft stems of plants, in the process attracting ants and expelling a sweet, sticky substance that causes a black fungus. These fungi affect the photosynthetic process. So it is a kind of disease to your plant. When this happens, the new plants deform and lose their vigor. Spraying or fumigation with a mixture of baking soda and soap in your orchard or garden can help prevent these pests and damage plants.
03.It chases away ants
- As we mentioned earlier, baking soda with soap will prevent aphids and prevent certain types of fungi from destroying your plants. We use other strong mineral fertilizers such as vinosa mixture (primarily a mixture of water, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, magnesium sulfate, boric acid, and hydrated lime) for this treatment or Bordeaux mixture (water, copper sulfate, combined with hydrate). It can reduce it.
- This is because ants cannot find the mollusks produced by the aphids they like so much that they are no longer attractive enough to invade our garden or orchard.
04.It is useful in measuring soil quality
- Experts know that healthy soil is neither too acidic nor too alkaline. This is because the more moderate the pH of the soil, the more pest-free plants grow.
- You need to follow these steps to know what kind of soil is in your garden.
- Get red/purple cabbage. Chop them and pour them into boiling distilled water.
- Soak for 10 minutes. As a result, the pH of the purple water becomes neutral.
- Put some cabbage water in 2 separate cups. Add vinegar to one cup (water turns dark pink due to acidity) and baking soda (turns blue or green due to alkalinity). These are the “control” colors.
- Put the cabbage water in separate containers and one or two tablespoons of the soil you want to test. Wait 30 minutes. If the water turns pink, the soil is acidic. If it turns blue or green, it is alkaline. If it is purple, you have perfect soil.
- It will help you to get better compost.
You now know that a neutral pH is best for plants. So now, let’s start working with your compost. Fill it with all the organic waste in your kitchen. (Cardboard, crushed stone, bones, torn pieces of paper). Make sure it is well ventilated. As a result, we informed you earlier about how to tell the condition of the soil. Baking soda will help you to start a healthy garden or orchard.