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Hydrogen peroxide is an easily available household disinfectant and bleaching agent . The Top 5 uses of Diluted hydrogen peroxide in garden , mainly because of its antimicrobial and oxygen releasing properties coming up . . Hydrogen peroxide is a colorless liquid with chemical formula H2O2 similar to water , with just an extra oxygen atom , but it is a combustible and corrosive substance , especially at higher concentrations . Although it is inorganic , that is a chemical , but it easily decomposes to water and oxygen , and hence safe to be used even in organic gardening . Now the top 5 uses of hydrogen peroxide in gardening . 1 . Disinfecting Garden pots and tools specially the cutter or pruner in cloning process : For this you can use 6 % h2o2 solution to wipe off the cutting tool with a cotton soaked in hydrogen peroxide or dip the tool into the solution . This increases the chances of a high success rate in growing plants from cuttings , because you are not introducing pathogens into the plants from cutting tools . 2 . Disinfect Germination Trays and Potting Mix : for a high success rate in germination . Add 3 % h2o2 solution to the seed starting or potting soil and leave it over night before using the soil for seed sowing . The germination trays can also be wiped with 6 % solution . 3 . Accelerate Germination Time and Root Development : Seeds soaked in diluted hydrogen peroxide germinate faster and display healthy growth . This is because of the oxygen released when hydrogen peroxide breaks down . Since oxygen requirement of sprouting seeds is very high , this extra oxygen supply is obviously beneficial . So best is to mix 1 to 3 % solution in soil or simply water the seeds with the solution . This also helps in root development . 4 . Control Bacterial and Fungal Root or Stem Rots : Spray a diluted solution of 1 to 3 % depending on the severity of the disease . Do not use high concentrations , as this may burn the plant . 5 . Weed Killer : At 10 % concentration and above it completely destroys all types of vegetation it comes in contact with . So , use it with caution around your plants . One Warning : If it accidentally splashes on your hands or gets into your eyes , flush immediately with lots of cold water . So , there we have it folks . That was our episode on the top 5 benefits of hydrogen peroxide in garden . You probably have at least one box of baking soda in your home . If you ’ re like so many other Americans , it ’ s most likely sitting in your refrigerator as a way to combat odors , and you might have another carton in your pantry for baking . But there are so many other uses for it , from household cleaning and health to gardening , you might want to go out and purchase at least a couple more . Here is what baking soda can do to your garden . Get more beautiful blooms . For flowers that thrive in alkaline soil , such as hydrangeas , begonias , and geraniums , you can encourage them to bloom magnificently by using baking soda . Just dissolve a little baking soda in your water before giving them their regular drink . Also to keep your cut flowers fresh for a long time put a teaspoon of baking soda in the vase . Sweeter Tomatoes . Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda around the base of your tomato plants . The baking soda will be absorbed into the soil and lowers the acidity level of tomatoes , thus gives you sweeter than tart flavor . Give Plants a Boost . Mix together 1 teaspoon baking soda , 1 / 2 teaspoon clear ammonia and 1 teaspoon Epsom salt in a gallon of water . Mix well and give each plant about a quart of the solution . This solution will work as a fertilizer , the plants that are looking dull , and growing slowly will perk up , rejuvenate their growth and become lush green . Use it as a Pesticide . Use baking soda to effectively reduce infestations of many insects such as aphids , scales , and the spider mites . It may not kill them all but have a repellent action and halt their progress . Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 / 3 cup of olive or mustard oil . Measure out 2 teaspoons of this mix and add it to 1 cup of water . Mix it well together and spray it on the infected plants . Smelly compost . To keep the smell from a compost pile under control , use a small amount of baking soda which will eliminate the odor and prevent acidity build upjust use it sparingly as too much can slow the composting process . Kill crabgrass and discourage weeds . If you have weeds or crabgrass growing in cracks on sidewalks , edges , patios or garden beds , you can use baking soda to get rid of them . It ’ s able to kill small weeds that have already sprouted , as well as to prevent new weeds from coming up . It will burn unwanted foliage , and feeds should disappear within just a few days. Just pour a thick layer onto the weeds and crabgrass after moistening it with water . Sweep the baking soda in a thick layer into any concrete cracks . Test Soil pH . Take some soil on a dish and make it muddier . Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the soil . If the combination bubbles , your soil is acidic . Epsom salt is a natural mineral that was first discovered in Epsom , England . People typically use Epsom salt in the bathroom to relieve aches and pains or internally as a laxative , but it is also a garden additive that expert gardeners swear by . It can help you produce lush , healthy plants , flowers and trees . Here Are 7 - Amazing Reasons to use Epsom salt in your garden . Epsom salt , when added to trees , bushes and vines that produce fruit , boosts the chlorophyll inside the plant . When plants have more chlorophyll , they have more energy , when they have more energy , they produce more sugar . More sugar means sweeter fruit for you to enjoy . Tree stump removal can be costly , but if you don ' t have the money to get a stump removed , let Epsom salt come to your rescue . Simply drill few holes into the stump and fill in the holes with Epsom - salt . In weeks , the stump will begin rotting . Many commercial fertilizers add magnesium to help plant roots take up vital nutrients ( nitrogen , phosphorus , sulfur . ) For those using all organic materials to feed their gardens , adding Epsom - salt to soil will improve absorption naturally , eliminating the need for processed chemical - fertilizers . If your lawn isn ' t lush and beautiful , it probably needs a little magnesium in its life . To perk - up grass , add 3 pounds of Epsom salt to every 1 , 250 square feet of grass and then water your - lawn . Ever wonder why your neighbor ’ s rose bushes are fuller than yours and sport so many more blossoms ? It is highly likely that the answer is Epsom salt . Epsom salt to rose bushes encourages them to produce larger flowers with darker , deeper colors . To incorporate Epsom salt to your rose bush ' s diet , add it at the time of planting and when flowers are in bloom . Plants that aren ’ t getting enough magnesium can be identified by their yellowing leaves . This is because magnesium is an essential component in the production of chlorophyll . Try sprinkling Epsom salt around your plants to achieve healthier foliage . About 1 - tablespoon per 12 - inches of height once a month will benefit the plants in your vegetable - garden , as well as any trees , shrubs , flowers and grasses you want to green - up . Many people enjoy growing plants from the nightshade family such as peppers , tomatoes , eggplants and potatoes . All nightshades need a lot of magnesium , so that they produce greater yields . Epsom salt also helps improve the flavor of nightshades . To ensure the nightshades you grow in your home garden are abundant and tasty . add 1 - tablespoon of Epsom salt to your peppers and tomatoes by sprinkling it around the base of the plant . If you want the salt to dissolve more - quickly , add it to a gallon of water and water the plants with the mixture . You should continue to add the Epsom - salt to your plants every 2 - weeks . Did you know that Milk can be good for your garden and use of milk in gardening can work as a fertilizer and help get rid of plant diseases like powdery mildew and viruses . To know more about this and the exact recipe to use in gardening , Stay tuned . Firstly , we shall talk about the benefits of milk in gardening and then in the end about the recipe and how to use it on your plants . 1 . Firstly , its use as a FERTILIZER . Milk contains calcium , beneficial proteins , vitamin B and sugars that are good for plants , improving their overall health and crop yields . 2 . Used as a quick remedy for Blossom End Rot ( BER ) commonly seen in tomato and pepper and spraying milk on the plant leaves helps a lot . that ' s called foliar feeding . This Blossom end rot is due to lack of calcium either in the soil or a defect in the plant system to uptake calcium from soil . 3 . Milk has been used as an effective antifungal agent , specially in the prevention of powdery mildew . 4 . Milk has been used in pesticide applications , especially for aphids . And also milk has been effective in reducing the transmission of mosaic leaf viruses such as tobacco mosaic . There are certain drawbacks of using milk in garden , like : 1 . Excessive use of milk can help harmful bacteria to multiply and spoil the plant producing a foul odor and then poor plant growth . 2 . Rarely it can induce plant rot and some leaf spots if used inadvertently . But , whatever , the benefits are a good thing for us in gardening . So lets learn how to correctly use the milk in garden . It ' s a simple formula . Just two points on this :- If it ' s skim milk , you can pour or spray it directly onto your plant ' s leaves - this is called foliar feeding . The leaves will absorb the milk solution . - Secondly to be on the safer side , use 50 percent Milk + 50 % Water and spray on the plants foliage . Now the question is How often you can do this . The answer is use of milk monthly once is recommended . And for plants already suffering from blossom end rot problem , along with this quick remedy , you can also use calcium nitrate spray , egg shell powder in soil , bone meal powder and also garden lime in soil . -- Thirdly , one Gardening Hack to use this milk solution : You can pour the milk solution around the base of the plants where the roots will gradually absorb the milk especially for smaller gardens . The gardening hack here is : Place the top portion of a 1 or 2 - liter bottle containing milk solution ( upside down ) in the soil next to the plant . This makes an excellent hack to offer both water and milk feed to your plants . Lastly 2 more Tips : - 1 . When you are finished with your milk container , before you wash it out , fill it with water and shake it and water your plants - 2 . Do not spray any form of chemical pesticide or chemical fertilizer after applying milk fertilizer . This can affect the useful ingredients in milk that actually help the plants , that ' s the commensal bacteria . The medicine Aspirin , once used to be the most commonly used Non - steroidal Anti - inflammatory and Analgesic . Now surprisingly has found to benefit your garden . The Top 5 useful effects of Aspirin in gardening coming up . Aspirin is chemically Acetyl Salicylic Acids and salicylic acid is naturally found in willow bark and many other trees . So , what is the actual concept behind using Aspirin in gardening or farming . Studies have found that the plant hormone salicylic acid is released in tiny amounts when plants are in stress . So this concept has been utilized and many benefits of Aspirin have been proven , which I am going to list out one by one . 1 . Aspirin as a Rooting Chemical : Rooting hormones like indole acetic and butyric acid are already discussed in my video on rooting hormones . You can check out that video . Well to improve the success rate of rooting while propagating from cuttings , simply take a teaspoon of cinnamon powder from your kitchen and add it to 1 liter of lukewarm water and then drop in half a 350mg dispersible aspirin tablet and stir it well . Then dip the cuttings into this solutions for about 30 to 60 minutes and then plant those cuttings . 2 . Aspirin Improves Seed Germination : A low dose of aspirin water significantly improves seed germination and in one study the plants treated with the aspirin water had a 100 percent germination rate , while the plants that weren ' t treated had more inconsistent results . For this drop half a tablet of a 350 mg Aspirin into 1 liter of water and stir well and spray on the sown seeds or soak the seeds in it for few hours before planting them . 3 . Aspirin for Plant growth : The University of Rhode Island sprayed plants with an aspirin water solution once every three weeks for the course of an entire growing season . At the end , the plants sprayed with the aspirin solution were found much bigger and had more fruit or flowers than their counterparts . 4 . To keep Cut flowers stay fresh : Put a half a tablet of aspirin in a vase with fresh cut flowers from your garden to help them stay fresh longer . 5 . Aspiring for Healthy Tomatoes : Spray your tomato saplings or even soak the tomato seedswith the same mixture of water and aspirin , before planting them in the ground for healthier , more disease resistant plants . 6 . Aspirin spray also an anti fungal and treats Blight in plants : Blight refers to a specific symptom affecting some plants like tomatoes due to infections by pathogenic micro organisms , leading to rapid and complete chlorosis , browning , then death of plant tissues such as leaves , branches , flowers and fruits . Now Coming to some Possible Side Effects of Using Aspiring in Garden if used improperly :- Plants may develop brown spots and appear to have burnt foliage . The best way to protect against this is to spray early in the morning just before sunrise and not under direct hot sun . - Also keep watching plants for their response to the treatment . Not all plants may be suitable for the aspirin regimen , but it has been shown that eggplants , peppers , tomatoes , and potatoes benefit the most . . One last reminder is , technically , using aspirin is not an organic solution , however , it is a safe and very inexpensive option that contains far fewer chemicals than the store - bought chemical products .
Please try these in your garden and provide your feedback in the comments section below . Happy Gardening!