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5 Ways to Use Beer in Your Garden

This just in — beer is not just for drinking anymore! Many home gardeners are discovering that beer can be an effective tool for gardening, as it nurtures plants and flowers.

While adding a refreshing beverage to your gardening routine may sound strange, it’s beneficial in more ways than one. From preventing pests to providing the perfect level of nitrogen fertilization, beer can help you maximize the success of your outdoor crops. Explore these five ways to use beer in your garden and watch as nature thrives with the addition of this popular item!


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If you’re looking for an organic way to provide your garden or lawn with essential nutrients, consider adding beer as fertilizer! Beer is a significant source of the nitrates and microbes that help plants grow, and it’s remarkably easy to make your own homemade concoction. All you need is a few simple ingredients and you’ll be well on your way to having healthier, happier plants in no time.

Simply mix a 12-ounce can of beer, 1 cup of ammonia, and 1 cup of anti-bacterial baby shampoo or dish soap in a gallon of water. Spray your garden plants with this mixture as you would with fertilizer.

Wasp Trap

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If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to tackle your wasp problems, look no further than beer. Beer is surprisingly effective in trapping wasps. Just a mixture of beer and diluted Italian soda syrup can do the trick! The highly successful trapping program at the Waterfront Park baseball stadium used this exact technique to great effect.

Not only is this method eco-friendly, but it’s also much safer than using chemicals or sprays that might harm other organisms. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being able to enjoy some of the beer after setting up your traps.

Slug and Snail Trap

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Beer traps are an effective solution for getting rid of slugs and snails over short distances. It has proven to be more successful than water, squash, cider, or wine when it comes to trapping pesky slugs.

To set up a beer trap all you need is a container and some beer! Bury the container somewhat in the ground so that the opening is at the same height as the soil surface. Fill it with beer and wait. You’ll soon find an array of slugs attracted to the inviting liquid. Once they fall in, unfortunately for them, they won’t be able to climb out and will eventually drown.

Beer traps are an easy and effective way to divert slugs away from your crops while being kinder to the environment.

Attract Butterflies

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Attract beautiful butterflies to your outdoor space with the sweet nectar of beer! All you need are a few pieces of overripe fruit, some beer, and a dash of salt. Place them in a shallow dish and watch as colorful butterflies flock to it. Not only do they provide eye candy, but they also help with pollination.

Just be aware that this may also attract other animals such as wasps or raccoons. If this happens, it’s best to remove the feeder right away.

Fruit Fly Trap

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Don’t let annoying fruit flies ruin your summer outdoor gatherings. Keep the pesky critters away with a simple DIY beer trap! All you need is an empty glass jar, one quarter inch of beer, some plastic wrap, and a rubber band.

Start by pouring one quarter inch of beer into the bottom of your glass jar. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of plastic wrap and secure it tightly with a rubber band. Poke holes in the top of the plastic with a toothpick so the flies can come running to the beer. Place your beer trap in areas where you commonly find fruit flies — near plants, garbage cans, etc.

Once you have set up the trap, replace the beer every couple of days. You may not see results right away, but don’t worry. The fruit flies will eventually come around and get trapped!

Share a Drink with Your Garden!

With these five tips on how to use beer in your garden, you’ve got the perfect combination of practicality and fun.

You can use beer as an effective fertilizer that will help nourish the soil while simultaneously attracting butterflies and trapping pests such as wasps and slugs. Plus, it makes for a great fruit fly trap too!

If you’re looking for an easy way to transform your garden into a flourishing oasis, adding beer is the way to go. With just one ingredient, you can give your garden the boost it needs without breaking the bank. So, grab yourself some beer and get ready to watch your garden flourish!

Do you have any tips for using beer in the garden? Share them in the comments below!