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Gardening Hacks Using Coca-Cola

Some fancy a coke with their burger, others use it to make coca-cola-glazed chicken wings; Cook It, however, suggests trying some gardening hacks using Coca-Cola. You heard us!

Both the beverage itself and its bottles can become a lifesaver when it comes to stimulating plant growth, protecting against pests, and keeping the garden in excellent condition.

Protecting Plants From Aphids

When aphids attack, you don’t have to reach for bug killer.

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Instead, get a bottle of coke and shake it to get the carbonation out of the drink. Next, add a couple of spoons of liquid soap and mix, pour into a container with a spray bottle. Spray the carbonated solution on the tiny invaders every two weeks. No more pests, hurray!

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Insect Bites

Summer is a magical time: fresh air, barbecue, camping trips, picnics. Mosquito bites do often spoil this idyll, though, turning leisure into torture.

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Coke will help in several ways. First, it will relieve itching and pain from bites and stings: bees, jellyfish, mosquitoes.

Second, Coca-Cola bottles help make an excellent mosquito trap. Cut off the top of the plastic bottle and fill the bottle itself with warm water and sugar or coke. Next, add dry yeast and mix.

Yeast, like the human body, releases carbon dioxide, which attracts gnats, flies, and mosquitoes. Sugar attracts other insects that can interfere with your leisure time, such as wasps.

Compost Accelerator

Organic fertilizercompost — helps improve the structure of the soil. Many landowners set up a dedicated compost pit. People use a compost accelerator to speed up the process of converting plant waste into fertilizer.

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However, if you don’t have the appropriate solution at hand, coke will once again come to the rescue. The sweet beverage makes good food for microorganisms living in compost. The only requirement is that the drink is carbon dioxide-free.

Cleaning Garden Furniture

To get rid of rust on your garden furniture, dip a rag in coke and wipe the affected area. Let dry. You can use this technique to clean old tools, a fence, or a garden grill.

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Moss on Tiles

Coke does an excellent job of removing moss from walls and walkway slabs. It contains phosphoric acid that not only destroys existing moss but also prevents the formation of a new one.

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Limescale

To restore garden tools like buckets, watering nozzles, etc. to their former glory, you will need a bucket of warm water, a bottle of coke, and a little vinegar.

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Soak them for several hours in the mixture of the listed ingredients. After that, you can easily wipe off the limescale from the contaminated areas.

Preventing Snails and Slugs

If ants or snails invade your garden, place a bowl of cola on the ground. Surprisingly, it acts as an effective trap. The aroma of the beverage quickly attracts snails and slugs, whereas phosphoric acid, which is part of the drink, destroys them.

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As you can see, the iconic beverage continues to amaze us with its variety of non-standard uses. You might find these ideas helpful! Share these gardening hacks with your neighbors!

Valerie

I am an English major with a love of languages and fiction, and with an incurable travel bug. In my free time, I read fantasy, drink copious amounts of coffee, and like to go see movies. Culinary art means everything to me. My main hypostasis is the taster, though. The music school has taught me to appreciate the symphony of airy meringues, to create harmonious overtures of light snacks, hard rock of meat, fish, and vegetables on the grill. Choir classes have accustomed me to hear and feel the people nearby and create perfect harmonies of sounds.

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