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    Betsy Wild
    I have been passionate about good health and protecting the environment since the early 1970’s and am eager to share my knowledge. I am convinced that even the smallest change you make can make a big difference – for you, the earth and your pocketbook.
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    Gardening with baking soda

    By Betsy Wild

    Cheap, effective and OG (the original “green”), baking soda bakes, cleans, heals, disinfects, scrubs, deodorizes, exfoliates, and brightens just about everything in the home.  But did you know baking soda works in the garden too?

    I recently came across the following fabulous tips from plantcaretoday.com.

    1. Make a Non-Toxic Fungicide

    Mix 4 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 gallon of water. Use on roses for black spot fungus and also on grapes and vines when fruit first begins to appear.

    1. 2. Spray to Treat and Prevent Powdery Mildew

    Powdery mildew is causing major problems with impatiens this year, but also can be a problem for other plants, like lilacs, cucumbers, squash and zinnias.

    Spray Recipe: 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid

    Mix all the ingredients together and spray plants weekly. Apply on overcast days to prevent any potential foliage from burning.

    1. Discourage Gnats In Soil & Fungus on Leaves

    Mix in 1 gallon of water, 4 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon biodegradable soap. Mix well, spray infected foliage or soil as needed.

    1. Discourage Weeds

    Pour or sweep baking soda in a thick layer into cracks on a sidewalk or patios. The baking soda should kill any small weeds already sprouted and prevent new ones from coming up.

    1. Kill Cabbage Worms

    Mix equals parts flour and baking soda and dust plants (cabbage, broccoli, kale) being eaten by cabbage worms. They munch on the leaves and die usually in a day or two. Repeat as needed.

    1. Kill Crabgrass

    Simply wet the crabgrass, pour a heavy dusting of baking soda on the weed. The crabgrass should start dying back in 2 or 3 days .CAUTION: When applying baking try NOT to get it on your grass as too much baking soda can burn and kill it.

    1. Clean Your Hands

    After a day in the garden and dirt, clean your hands by rubbing and scrubbing wet hands with baking soda. Rinse.

    To those comprehensive tips, I add:

    1. Garden Mildewcide

    Another simple recipe to combat powdery mildew on cucumbers, zucchini, melons, roses, and lilacs.  Fill a spray bottle with 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water.  Spray as needed.

     Baking Soda Bonanza by Peter A. Ciullo

     And I really like this ingenious tip:

    1. Test your soil PH. 

    Wet the soil and take a small amount of baking soda and sprinkle it onto soil.  If the baking soda bubbles, your soil is acidic with a PH level under 5.

    http://thegardeningcook.com/

     You clearly can’t go wrong with tried and true baking soda, in the home and garden!

    For more green living tips, visit greenwithbetsy.com.

    January 12, 2015