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9 Ways to Use Baby Powder in Your Garden

Discourage rabbits.

  1. It’s not just the insects gardeners have to worry about attacking our plants; pests can be of the furry and adorable variety, too! Rabbits are one of the most persistent, hopping into beds to munch on just about everything.

    Baby powder can discourage them from eating the younger plants and seedlings. Simply shake baby powder over them to discourage rabbits from putting them on the lapine menu.


Deter nighttime thieves.

Of course, other mammalian gardening thieves like to sneak into our plots and beds, too, and their palates aren’t nearly as discerning as a rabbit’s. We find it very easy to believe that something like a raccoon or an opossum wouldn’t be put off by some baby powder seasoning; they do eat literal garbage, after all!

But baby powder WILL still deter them— because they hate the feel of it on their paws! Make a little wall of baby powder around your gardens, and those critters will stay away rather than risk the irritation.


Make gloves gentle . . .

Use baby powder to make removing gardening gloves easierMIH83 via Pixabay

Your fruits, flowers and veggies aren’t the only things that will benefit from adding baby powder to your gardening routine; your hands will thank you too! Ever notice how at the end of a day of gardening, your gloves are difficult to take off and/or leave your hands raw and red? Baby powder will help!

All you need to do is sprinkle some inside the gloves before you put them on and go to work. They’ll slip off much more easily at the end of the day, and leave your skin baby soft, too.


Tools less rough.

Another way to protect your hands while you work? Prevent your spades, shears and shovels from giving you blisters in the first place! Not only will coating them in baby powder make protect your hands from their roughness, it’ll add some gentle friction to prevent them from slipping.


Freshen up your footwear.

At the end of the day, we all know two things: 1) baby powder has a fresh, lovely, distinctive scent and 2) one of the only unpleasant aspects of gardening is the smell that clings to you and your tools afterward. See where we’re going with this?

Freshen up your boots, sneakers and/or other gardening footwear with some baby powder. Just add some inside to the soles to soak up moisture and prevent both stink and mold.


Baby your bulbs.

Woman's hand sprinkles baby powder on grass lawnSan Francisco Chronicle

Tiny seedlings can be babied with baby powder just as much as any human! Give any bulbs you start indoors a headstart and extra protection from rodents with a baby powder bath before you put them in the ground.

All you need to do is place the bulbs in a large plastic zip-top bag, 5 or 6 at a time. Add in 3 tablespoons of baby powder, and then shake to coat. Plant, and enjoy bulbs whose roots won’t rot or be eaten by mice!

Genius! Who knew this bathroom staple could be so useful outside?! We’re going to add a bottle to our garage and gardening sheds immediately.

Spilled baby powderAustin Kirk via Flickr
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