Weeding a garden can be a daunting task, especially in the summer months. If pulling the weeds out is not for you, don’t immediately rush to the store to purchase the most popular brand of weedkiller, turn to your own kitchen instead. There are many natural or homemade liquids that will do the trick for you that are not as harmful to the earth or to your pocketbook.A cheap weed killer chemical alternative is probably sitting in the back of your cupboards right now. Vinegar can be a very effective way to remove unwanted growths in your garden. Unlike the harsher options, the vinegar will not remain in the soil and is quite cheap. The vinegar is not selective in which plants it destroys, so do use caution. Apply the vinegar directly onto the weeds and avoid the grass and other plants. While this method is probably not ideal for weeds in the midst of the garden, it is perfect for getting rid of those pesky weeds that pop up between cracks in the sidewalk or patio. Bleach can also be used in the same manor and will kill the weeds.
Boiling water also has the ability to weed out the unwanted vegetation. This method is quite simple, and does not harm the soil at all! Just heat up water and pour the boiling water directly on the weed. This will ‘cook’ the entire plant, including the roots, and destroy it. This method is also non-selective, so be sure to avoid the plants you want to keep.
Instead of adding something to the weed, you could smother it with newspaper or cardboard. The weeds will not get their needed nutrients from the sun, and will eventually die out. Also, laying newspaper down in the actual garden will stop the weed seeds from sprouting in the first place, making the weeding process considerably easier.
Another way to stop seeds from growing into weeds would be to sprinkle cornmeal on the ground. The meal stops the seeds from sprouting, giving you a weed free area.
Before reaching for the weed killer on the store shelf, reach for the items in your kitchen to stifle the unwanted weeds.