Aspirin to Protect Plants: Budget Gardening Tip

Take two aspirin and call the doctor in the morning, right? What may help ease your headache might also help your plants to thrive, both indoors and outdoors. Before a fungus can attack your ferns or aphids your asparagus, grab the aspirin from your medicine chest and mix up this handy homemade fertilizer, which can be made in a large batch and stored, and used throughout the year.

Many plants produce salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) to fight disease; spraying them with a solution of salicylic acid boosts this defense mechanism.

To make:
Dissolve ¾ of an aspirin in 1 gallon of water. Pour some of the solution into a spray bottle and spray indoor or outdoor plants with it every two to three weeks.

Photo by Pam Roth