It's probably a safe bet to say that most houses have a bottle of baby powder in a cabinet, somewhere -- yours included. Since a little goes a long way more than likely you have way more than what you know what to do with so it just sits there. This handy item has many surprising uses besides protecting baby bottoms.
One of the best places to use this sweet-smelling toiletry is actually in the garden! Read on to figure out exactly how to utilize this multi-tasking tool in unexpected ways.
1. Stop ants in their tracks
One of the most common garden pest nemeses is ants. While they might not be the most destructive insect intruder, the more tempting the garden is, the more likely they'll find their way into your house at some point too. So if you can find a way to deter them completely it's a win-win! Sprinkle baby powder to create a perimeter around the garden that ants won't cross.
2. Defend plants from Peter Cottontail
As cute as the furry little bunnies are, they can be one of the most persistent pests in a vegetable garden. If left to their own devices they will snack on just about everything you are growing, leaving little for you to eat yourself. Sprinkle baby powder around all of the low growing plants to make them unappealing to rabbits.
3. Banish the beetles
Japanese beetles can quickly destroy your beautiful garden plants, munching holes in all of the gorgeous green leaves. Thankfully they despise the taste of baby powder! Sprinkle a light dusting on the leaves of your plants to keep the beetles from snacking, and reapply after it rains. Love to Know has a great article if you're looking for more in-depth information on controlling Japanese Beetles using baby powder.
4. Prevent root rot
While plant roots certainly need water for the plant to go, they do not like it when they're swimming. They need some air in the soil as well to keep the roots from rotting and becoming a mushy, decaying mess. Dip plant roots in baby powder before planting or shake a little in the planting hole to help absorb extra moisture and prevent root rots. If you think you might have root rot, this article by Wisconsin Horticulture will help tremendously!
5. Protect young bulbs
Before planting bulbs in the ground, coat them with a light layer of baby powder by placing them in a zip-top plastic bag with a couple of spoonfuls and shake them around. The baby powder will keep furry garden friends from digging them up as a snack, and will also prevent them from absorbing too much water and rotting before they sprout.