I’m really excited to be guest posting for Nap Time is My Time today! Emily asked that I share one of my favorite eco-conscious living tips, so with the summer gardening season in full swing, I figured I’d share our attack plan for weeds!
Now I know that the first thing you want to do when you see weeds in your garden is to run to the home improvement store and pick up a giant bottle of weed killer. Don’t do it! The chemicals in those bottles are so incredibly bad for you and your crops!!! With a little bit of patience, diligence, and two ingredients that you’re bound to have in your kitchen, you can make your own all-natural, effective weed killer!
In a large spray bottle, add a cup of blue Dawn and a cup of vinegar (white is best, but any kind will work) and fill the rest with water. Mix well. We actually found that making this mixture in one of the Roundup pump and spray thing-a-ma-jiggers was super easy and efficient!
Spray the mixture onto the weeds’ leaves. No – not the roots. The way this works is the dish soap will cause the mixture to stick to the leaves. Then the vinegar will clog the pores on the leaves, keeping the sunlight from penetrating – thus, they won’t be able to photosynthesize, and the plant will die. This is especially effective on hot, sunny days. Make sure you’re careful not to spray this on your crops (I know – duh!), as it will kill those as well.
So, the next time you need to get rid of some weeds, mix up your own batch of all-natural weed killer instead of using those dreaded chemicals!
Leah blogs at Crunchy Farm Baby, where she writes about all things having to do with a crunchy lifestyle – natural/attachment parenting, vegetarian/vegan cooking, breastfeeding, babywearing, gardening, raising chickens, chemical-free cleaning, natural pet care, toddler activities, and fun stories about life on a small farm in Pennsylvania!