Baking Soda as a
and Homemade Insecticide
Looking for a natural
fungicide? Baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate as it is also known, is a
cheap and effective way to protect your plants against mildew and
Few people realize just how useful this simple kitchen product is in
the garden and orchards. Baking soda is great for controlling powdery
mildew on cucumbers,
addition, the best thing is that you don’t
need to use a lot of the
ingredient to make a difference. Just 3 Tablespoons of baking soda to a
gallon of warm water, applied once a week will get rid of that powdery
By adding a teaspoon of washing up liquid and a Tablespoon of vegetable
oil to the mix you have a very good natural fungicide not just for
soft leaf vegetables such as cucumbers and melons,
also effective against rust, and black
spot for roses.
The reason why baking soda works is that they make the leaves alkaline
which is an inhospitable environment for fungal spores to become
Just make sure that you apply the natural fungicide spray during an
day so that you don’t end up burning the leaves. If you make the
solution too strong it will burn the leaves and kill your plants, if
you make the natural fungicide solution too weak it will not be
effective against the
Baking Soda as a Homemade Insecticide
Another use for baking soda in the garden is for your cabbages. Often
cabbages are attacked by caterpillars. To get rid of them, mix up a
batch of killer dust. Mix 50/50 mix of baking soda and flour and place
in a container that will allow you to shake this over the cabbages. The
killer dust will work its magic within a few days but needs to be
repeated several times a week until you have rid your cabbages of the
One word of warning:
Do not rely on using the baking soda too much as its sodium component
can build up and eventually become toxic to the plants.
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