Turmeric is a popular spice which is often promoted as delicious and healthy and a must in any diet. But, in addition to being of aid to improve our health, turmeric and curcumin can do wonders for the plants in our garden too.
This being said, make sure you have some extra amount of this spice to use it for your plants in the garden.
It has some pretty amazing advantages to offer and it will help you have a healthier garden without using harmful chemicals.
Below, check out the 4 most amazing uses of turmeric in the garden.
How to Use Turmeric in the Garden
- Acts as a natural pesticide
Pests are a common problem for gardeners.
As a result, people use pesticides a lot. However, overuse of pesticides in agriculture isn’t just harmful to the insects you want to get rid of, but it also damages the groundwater and the pollinating insects.
This is why if you have your own garden, you should use less invasive methods when/where possible.
Turmeric is one of those things that can act as a natural pesticide. It will repel insects and bugs. They can’t stand its strong odor and will keep away. It can help with ants, mites, beetles, etc.
- Can be used as a natural fungicide
To respond to the fungal infections, gardeners often reach for store-bought antifungals. However, they also have negative effect on our environment.
This is why it’s best to opt for a more natural variant. Turmeric, which naturally possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, can help you deal with fungal diseases in plants.
Awesome for brown stem rot, early blight, powdery mildew, etc.
- Speed up the healing of wounds on the plants
Plants often have wounds-whether damaged from your pets, broken branches, grafts, and more. Open wounds make them more prone to infections and diseases.
So, it’s wise to use something healing.
Luckily, turmeric is an awesome choice because it contains antibacterial and antiseptic characteristics.
Apply some of the powder after pruning or grafting or anytime when there’s some incision or other wound on your plant.
- Relieve bug bites
If you got bitten by some bug while gardening, turmeric can help you as well. Mix 2 tsp of turmeric and water and apply it onto the bite.
Your skin will absorb it fast and it will itch less and reduce the inflammation.