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.
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.
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