Baking soda is called by some a “Miracle Powder” due to its wide variety of uses. It has plenty of applications in the garden and kitchen from battling powdery mildew on roses outdoors to helping get smelly onion and garlic off your hands. Below is a collection of ways to use baking soda in the garden and kitchen!
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been touted as an effective and safe fungicide on the treatment of powdery mildew and several other fungal diseases.
White or gray powdery spots appear, often times covering most if not the entire leaf surface. It’s also found on plant stems, flowers and even fruit. Fortunately, the symptoms of powdery mildew are usually worse than the actual damage. Rarely is it fatal to the plant.
Advanced stages can cause plant foliage to yellow, curl or turn brown and eventually cause the plant to defoliate prematurely. On flowering plants and trees, the fungus can lead to early bud drop or reduce the flower quality.
If you notice cabbage worms nibbling on cabbage, broccoli, or kale in your garden, you can get rid of them using baking soda. Mix together equal parts of baking soda and plain flour and dust it on those plants. Supposedly, the worms ingest the baking powder mixture while eating the leaves and their stomachs explode.
100% ecological, baking soda can be used at any time of the year, in every corner of the garden. It is biodegradable and nontoxic. It can be a slight replacement for the pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals you use in your garden.
Stains on white enamel pots can be cleaned by boiling baking soda and water for 10 minutes. Also try scrubbing the pots with a baking soda and water paste.
Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar. Place small amounts in areas you expect ants to locate, including suspected points of entry or frequented hangouts. The powdered sugar is used to bait the ants, as many species of ants are attracted to sweet food sources. The baking soda is what kills the ants.
Once you find a snail, sprinkle baking soda over it. Sprinkle the baking soda directly out of the box, or pour some into your hand and take a pinch of it with your other hand. Cover as much of the soft part of the snail as possible. If he retreats into his shell, sprinkle some into the opening of the shell.