6 Ways to Use Baking Soda in the Garden

Updated: Apr. 21, 2023

Many common garden issues can be solved with baking soda! Learn how to use baking soda in the garden to stop plant diseases, bugs and more.

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There are many ways to use baking soda in the garden

Clean a Bird Feeder

One of the best ways to use baking soda in the garden is to clean your bird bath. “Shake baking soda into the basin. It removes mold easily and is safe for birds,” says Birds & Blooms reader Stephen Holland. “Cleaning the bird bath isn’t my favorite task, but it’s more fun when you use baking soda and white vinegar. The foam reaction is neat to watch and makes cleaning easy,” says Sharon Erdt.

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Prevent Black Spot on Roses

“To wipe out black spot on your roses, use the following recipe. Combine 1 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 1/2 tablespoons of horticultural oil and 1 gallon of water. Spray this solution on roses once when the symptoms appear and every 1-2 weeks thereafter,” says Laura Horning.

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Stop Rot on Grapes

“At the very first sign of brown rot, spray your grapes with a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda and a gallon of water. I’ve never needed to use this spray more than once a season,” says Eli Troyer.

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Win the Bug Battle

Here’s a cheap natural way to repel aphids and spider mites. Mix 1/3 cup cooking oil and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a jar. Keep it covered until needed. Combine 2 teaspoons of the mixture with 1 cup water in a sprayer,” says Henryette Marshall.

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Clean a Bird Bath

“Shake baking soda into the basin. It removes mold easily and is safe for birds,” says Stephen Holland of Sandown, New Hampshire.

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Clean Your Garden Clothes

“A paste of baking soda and water removes perspiration stains and odor when rubbed on a garment before you throw it in your machine. Works great on hard-to-clean polyester knits, too,” says Lavern Wolf.

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