If you are an organic garden enthusiast like me, I am pretty sure you will agree that the safest way to deal with weeds in the garden is to use an organic weed killer. One of the many challenges any gardener has to contend with, if he wishes to keep the garden in the best possible condition, is weed management. It becomes even trickier when you want a weed killer that is not harmful to pets or humans.
For most of us, removing weeds is a time consuming activity, especially when the roots are deep, making them difficult to pull out. Spraying with weed killer is a better alternative – quicker and easier. But then, most weed sprays are made from toxic chemicals that are potentially dangerous to people and also to the environment. As awareness for food safety and environmental preservation is increasing, so is the need to use an organic weed killer spray product.
Nonetheless, making your own organic weed killer is not difficult. If you look around your house, you can find everyday kitchen items that you could use to concoct your own organic gardening weed control. This article aims to give you ideas on how to make your flower gardens, your veggie patch, or even your walkways weed-free.
Vinegar as an organic weed killer
To start with, let us take a look at that bottle of vinegar in your kitchen. We use vinegar extensively in our cooking, right? But not all of us realize that it is also a natural weed killer. You can put vinegar in a spray bottle and presto, you now have a potent organic gardening weed control agent! With vinegar spray, you can say goodbye to garden weeds without worrying about toxicity. If a weed is tough, giving it a vinegar bath will do the trick. For best results, spray vinegar organic weed killer on your veggie patch on a sunny day. The acetic acid will burn the leaves of the weed and, because vinegar lowers the pH of the soil, the weeds will have a hard time growing back. Caution should however be observed when spraying vinegar. Vinegar is non-selective and could attack even the plants that you wish to keep. Adding a teaspoon of dish soap can make your vinegar spray even better, as soap acts as a sticker.
Use spicy hot water as an organic gardening weed control agent
Spicy hot water is also a very potent weed killer and the bonus is that you can see immediate results. You can boil pepper and add left-over sauce from your refrigerator or cupboard and pour it directly over the weeds. You will be amazed at how fast it works. Just be careful to put them only on plants you want to kill and not to include those you want to keep. Furthermore, this spicy organic weed killer is sure to drive away those pesky garden ants too.
Is salting good for your veggie patch?
Many people use salt for organic gardening weed control. Salt is a potent weed killer and you can either apply it directly or add it to a vinegar concoction. However, there are those who say that salt can pretty much kill anything and then you have to wait for years before anything grows back on the soil. This said, you can use salt on areas where you have no plans of using them for planting like cracks in walkways or between pavers, but not on a veggie patch.
Why throw your newspapers in the garbage?
Newspapers are also weed control materials. You can place it over the weeds and soak it with water. You will suffocate the weeds this way and prevent it from growing. Adding mulch on top will increase the effectiveness of preventing them from growing back.
Using ingenious ways of killing weeds can save your family, your pets and the environment from harm. Besides, they are way cheaper than those harmful chemicals sold at the local store. Having our own garden is great, but the feeling is even better when you know that you are using safe gardening methods. Making our own organic weed killer is one way of ensuring that your food is safe and that you are contributing to making our planet a safer place to live.