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Easy Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

homemade weed killer recipe

Hey!  I’ve got an easy homemade weed killer recipe for you today!

Weedkiller is one of those things that makes me feel a bit uneasy.  I don’t like to keep it in the house, and I don’t like to use it in the garden.  This is because of its strong links to the decline in bee populations

Instead, I’ve recently come up with my own eco-friendly homemade weed killer.  This helps to tackle the persistent weeds that blight our yard but is gentle on the wildlife that frequent it (like this little guy).

homemade weed killer recipe

I mentioned the other week that I’ve been trying to turn our unloved yard into a cared-for space that we enjoy using.  Along with a good clear out, a lick of paint, a few plants and hanging baskets, and this homemade weed killer recipe, I feel like I’m slowly getting somewhere with the yard.

This wildlife friendly weed killer contains just three common household ingredients that you’ll probably have to hand.  You just need some white vinegar, salt, and washing up liquid.  The vinegar and salt help to dry out the weeds.  Meanwhile, the washing up liquid ensures the salty vinegar solution sticks to the leaves of the weeds.

See the results for yourself!

homemade weedkiller recipe

Want the recipe?  Of course you do!  Here you go!

Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

You Will Need:

1 litre white vinegar (here’s where I buy vinegar in bulk)

3 large spoons of salt

3 large spoons of  washing up liquid/dish soap (Don’t worry if it’s a more environmentally friendly brand – I used Ecover and it did the job)

Spray bottle

Method:

Add your salt to your vinegar and stir until dissolved.

Once the salt is dissolved add your washing-up liquid, and stir well.

To Use:

This homemade weed killer recipe works best on a sunny day.  I’d suggest applying at midday, or just before when the sun is at its peak.

The weed killer works indiscriminately on all plant life and can turn your soil acidic.  For this reason, it’s best used to kill weeds that have appeared in the gaps between paving slabs or monoblocks, rather than to tackle the weeds in your lawn or flower bed.

Before you start, give the weed a shake to remove any insects on the plant to avoid harming them.

For small weeds and younger dandelions spray the solution directly onto the leaves.

For larger, more well-established weeds spray the leaves and also pour a good glug onto the plant.  It’s very effective – you should notice the weeds beginning to wilt within an hour.

This homemade weedkiller recipe probably won’t kill dandelion roots.  However, it is a quick, easy, and green way to deal with dandelions and other weeds as soon as they appear.

More green gardening tips this way!  And if your house is plagued by fruit flies in summer, do see my tips on how to get rid of fruit flies naturally.  I’ve also got some useful tips on what to feed wild birds in winter.

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Vegetables to Plant in Autumn

vegetables to plant in autumn uk
vegetables to plant in autumn uk

I’ve been researching what vegetables to plant in autumn lately, as our allotment is currently winding down for summer.  I want it to keep us in at least some vegetables over the colder months ahead, and get a head start for the growing season next year!

According to my (currently untested!) research, here are some vegetables which you can plant in autumn.  I’ll update this post later with what we found to be successful and what wasn’t.  Fingers crossed we won’t have too many disasters!

Some of these vegetables will give you a yield later in the autumn, others will be ready come spring/summer.

The Vegetables to Plant In Autumn Outdoors

vegetables to plant in autumn
  • asparagus
  • broad beans
  • garlic
  • onions
  • peas
  • shallots
  • spring onions
  • spinach

As I just mentioned, a lot of these vegetables won’t come good until next spring/summer, but it’s always good to get a head start!  For example, planting broad beans and peas in autumn and overwintering them will see you with crops of beans and peas about four weeks earlier than if you’d planted them in spring.  Likewise with spring onion (as long as you plant winter-hardy varieties).

Other vegetables like onions, shallots and garlic have a really long growing cycle. Therfore you need to plant them in autumn in order to be able to harvest them come summer.  Likewise, asparagus has a very long growing cycle. Planted from seed in the autumn it shoots up in spring, but then takes two years before you’re able to make the first harvest.  As I love asparagus so much it’s a timeframe I’d be happy with to have my own homegrown asparagus!

With spinach, the ground should still be warm enough to plant seeds directly into the ground now.  You should be able to take leaves from the spinach up until mid-December. And then at this point you need to leave them with some growth on them until Spring.

Seed potatoes should be planted now (September) in pots, not directly into the ground.  When the first frosts strike, move the pots indoors – e.g. into a polytunnel – and you should get a harvest by Christmas time.

What To Grow In The Polytunnel

If you’ve got a polytunnel then there are few vegetables you can plant in autumn that should hopefully grow quite well in the warmer temperatures.  Vegetables to try include:

  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Pak Choi

Have you grown any of these vegetables over the autumn before?  How did you get on?  And would you add any other vegetables to this list?  Let me know in the comments below!

ps: if you’re not into growing your own vegetables, here’s what fruit and vegetables are in season in September, October and November so you can still eat seasonally!