Thrifty Things Friday #60

Hi everyone!
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Welcome to my jungle!
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Before we left for vacation, there were weeds sprouting through the patio blocks but, I figured I wouldn’t worry about them until after we came home. Well, when we came home a jungle had appeared on the patio! At least we just have a very small patio. Just enough to have a table and four chairs.
Our patio is surround by herb beds so, we get a lot of herbs deciding to move out of their home and get their own place in the patio. It never fails, I am pulling out tons of runaway herbs from between the blocks on a regular basis. I generally just gather all these renegade herbs and use them as a potpourri. They get tossed in an old sauce pan that is used exclusively for this purpose and just simmer in water on a back burner.
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But, of course, there are plenty of weeds as well! To be honest, that can’t be helped. Right across from our home is a protected Nature Preserve. So, weeds are a reality. Hum, maybe we could talk them into making the preserved into a golf course? Just kidding. I love to look out my window and see deer on a regular basis. So, I deal with weeds.
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Okay, all the weeds are pulled out. Oh, and for the record, I gave up on perfection about 4 years ago when a certain little Princess entered my life! LOL
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Since we grow all of our herbs without any chemicals what so ever, I don’t use any type of weed killer around our home. We have a high water table and our patio slants down toward herbs. And not to mention, the Princess plays out there.
So, what do I use?
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That’s right! Plain ‘ol white vinegar. I have been using this as a weed killer for about 15 years now. I pull out the plants and as much of the roots as possible and then douse between the patio blocks with straight white vinegar. It works as well as any chemical store bought weed killer. It will kill the weeds. And just like any store bought killer, airborne weeds will return so, you need to do the upkeep on a regular basis. But, at least you have gotten rid of the jungle, which makes plucking new weeds a lot easier.
And a big plus in using white vinegar, it is a whole heck of a lot cheaper than commercial weed killers!
Next thing I will need to do is scrub the patio blocks down and you guessed it, I use vinegar and a scrub brush.
Now, let’s check out some thriftiness from last week!
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At Robin Flies South we saw this beautiful garden stool bargain!
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At Creations By Cindy we saw lots of fun thrifty treasures!
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And at Shabby for Sure we saw this cool vintage ice cream cylinder.
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Thank you ladies for sharing with us such fun thrifty treasures!
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19 comments :

  1. Vinegar also gets rid of the ants on our patio! Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful holiday weekend ♥

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  2. Thank you for the tip on the vinegar! Gee, I was wondering WHEN you took those pictures at my house. Hmmm, at least you can Eat Your Weeds!
    Thank you for hosting,
    Have a wonderful LONG Weekend
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  3. wonderful use of vinegar... who knew..OH, you did and thanks for sharing that tip as our patio needs cleaned. Putting gallon of white vinegar on shopping list then will get get busy cleaning and mark that off to do list..
    ~~HUGS~~

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  4. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! I have a question about your blog. HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I had no idea vinegar could be a weed killer! Thanks for this great tip!! And thank you for hosting the party. Happy to share in it today.

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  6. Thanks for the tip about the white vinegar. We always get weeds growing in the river rock we have spread around at the walkways, the fire pit area and the place for the picnic table at the camper and hate to use commercial weed killer as we are all using it constantly. With little one and pets around I'll start using the vinegar.

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  7. Great features and I specially love the bargain stool for the garden. Thanks for hosting and having me once more this week. Enjoy a terrific weekend.
    FABBY

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  8. Funny how children become a priority isn't it? Thanks so much for featuring my garden stool. It is now at my daughter's new apartment and was already used as a stepladder for painting. I will be blogging about it soon! Everyone has me on the lookout for another one.

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  9. Hi lovely lady.
    I also use vinegar on my weeds like you do!!" Works Great "" I would like to thank you for having your linky party tonight. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  10. Hi Diann, I feel a kinship to your jungle, which is why I haven't posted any garden photos yet! Thanks for hosting TTF, love to join in your party. Thanks, Pam

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  11. Thanks for the vinegar tip! I always have a couple of big jugs to clean my vases with around the house.

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  12. My Mom has a rock area to help drainage away from her house and she fights the weeds. I will tell her about the vinegar....much better for the environment and pet friendly! So glad I could join in TTF this week!! Hugs, Linda

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  13. Thank you for hosting. And your post was quite entertaining with the weed story! If you're a vinegar girl, have you heard of Melaleuca? Their safe products is all we use in our home--from phosphate-free dishwasher detergent to heavy-duty cleaners. Don't even have safety caps on them--they're that safe, and with grandbabies around, we won't use anything else. ~Zuni

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  14. I'm going to try the vinegar tip on my cement squares walkway. Thanks for hosting.

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  15. Thanks so much for the feature on my Biscotti jar. I've had several folks wanting to buy it from me!!! Ha! No sell! Thanks for the tip on vinegar! Was exciting to see my little thrifty treasure on your blog! Made my day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. Thanks for the tip about vinegar & weeds. I seem to use it and baking soda for so many things...and there's no worries about chemicals. I've never thought of using herbs as a potpourri either. I'm trying to grow some this year and just love the thought of having my own. We shall see!

    Hope you have a wonderful Memorial holiday ~
    xo
    Pat

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  17. I use vinegar for my wood floors, granite counters, etc. I agree, much better than chemicals!

    Thanks so much for hosting, and I agree with everything you said! :)

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  18. Your BEFORE shot of your patio looks like my patio right now.LOVE the vinegar tip. Going to try it.

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