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It’s August and there are still a lot of problems with gardens and outside plants or projects, so let’s have some fun with an inexpensive problem solver. It’s called vinegar. Yep, vinegar again.

Got stains to be cleaned out of clay flower pots? Just fill each pot to be cleaned with 2/3 cold water and 1/3 vinegar. Let the pots soak until they look clean, then wash them with hot soapy water and rinse well.

Have weeds growing in your driveway or between the cracks in your sidewalk? Boil one quart of water, add two tablespoons of salt and five tablespoons of vinegar. While it’s still hot, pour the mixture directly onto the weeds. You may have to do this a few times to clear out all the weeds.

Do you have black spots or fungus on your roses? Mix three tablespoons of natural apple cider vinegar with one gallon of water and pour into your garden sprayer. Spray your roses daily. This should help a lot.

Do cats use your garden as a litter box? Soak wads of newspaper with vinegar and place them in areas where the cats have been. The vinegar smell usually discourages more visits to your garden.

Do slugs invade your garden? They usually appear for late evening or on cloudy, damp days. To combat them, fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar and kill the slugs by squirting them with the solution. Don’t forget that the mixture also works on outside pets to discourage ticks and fleas. Also, wipe your pet’s ears with a clean cloth dipped in vinegar if you see them scratching.  Their ears tend to get dry in the summer.

I hope that some of these ideas help you.

My thought for the month is: Share your garden’s bounty with family and friends.

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