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Why You Should Sprinkle Baking Soda Around Your Tomato Plants

It’s that time of year again when the tomato plants are starting to grow in the garden. And, just like every year, you’re probably wondering how you can keep your plants healthy and thriving. Well, wonder no more! Here is a little tip for you that will help keep your tomato plants flourishing: baking soda! Baking soda is a natural deterrent from many pests and fungal diseases. Do you know why? Keep reading to find out!

Baking Soda For Pests

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Most tomato growers have experienced the devastation caused by aphids. These tiny pests can ruin a tomato plant in no time and are difficult to get rid of. One way to prevent them from attacking your tomato plants is to sprinkle baking soda around the base of the plant. Baking soda is a natural pest repellent that will keep aphids away without harming your plants.

Aphids are attracted to tomato plants because they love sap. The sugary sap is a favorite food source for aphids, and they will quickly strip a plant of its leaves if left unchecked. When you sprinkle baking soda around the base of your plants, it creates a barrier that aphids can’t penetrate. The baking soda irritates the aphids and prevents them from feeding on the plant.

Baking soda is an inexpensive and effective way to keep aphids away from your tomato plants. It’s also safe to use around children and pets, so you don’t have to worry about harming them if they eat some of the baking soda. Just be sure to reapply it after a rainstorm or watering, as the baking soda will wash away over time.

Baking Soda For Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew on a tomato plant
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Powdery mildew can be a real problem for your plants. This fungus can cause your tomato plants to produce less fruit, and the fruit that is produced may be misshapen or small. Powdery mildew can also make them more susceptible to other diseases.

One way to help prevent powdery mildew is to sprinkle baking soda around tomato plants. It helps to create an alkaline environment, which powdery mildew doesn’t like. Water your tomato plants at the base, rather than from above, so that the leaves don’t stay wet for too long. If you see powdery mildew on your plants, you can try spraying them with a mixture of water, mild dish soap, and baking soda.

So don’t wait until powdery mildew strikes to take action. Sprinkle some baking soda around your tomato plants today, and enjoy a harvest of healthy, delicious tomatoes all season long!

Baking Soda For Late Blight

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Tomatoes are a healthy, delicious fruit you can enjoy in many ways. However, they are also susceptible to a disease called late blight, which can ruin your crop. Luckily, there is a simple way to prevent this disease: by using baking soda!

Baking soda is a mild alkali that helps to prevent the growth of spores that cause late blight. It also raises the pH of the soil, making it less hospitable for fungal diseases. When used as a preventive measure, baking soda can help keep your plants healthy and productive all season long.

To use baking soda as a fungicide, simply mix one tablespoon of baking soda with two cups of water and spray it on the leaves of your tomato plants. Be sure to do this every two weeks or after each rain. If you already see signs of late blight on your plants, mix four tablespoons of baking soda with two gallons of water and spray it directly on the affected leaves. This will help with stop the disease from spreading or hopefully, remove it before it starts. 

Baking Soda For Weeds

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Weeds are a gardener’s worst enemy. They steal water and nutrients from your tomato plants and it is often challenging to remove them.

Baking soda is a natural weed killer. When you sprinkle it around your tomato plants, the baking soda will kill any weeds that try to grow there.

Not only does baking soda prevent weeds, but it also helps to keep your tomato plants healthy. As mentioned above, tomato plants need slightly acidic soil to thrive, and baking soda will help to maintain the right pH level.

If you’re looking for a safe, effective way to prevent weeds and keep your tomato plants healthy, sprinkle some baking soda around them. You’ll be glad you did!

Run To The Kitchen Cabinet!

So, if you’re looking for a natural and effective way to care for your tomato plants, then consider sprinkling baking soda around them. Luckily, you probably already have this kitchen necessity in your cabinet at home.

The baking soda will help deter pests, improve plant health, and make your tomato plants more productive.

Do you have any tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

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