Oatmeal Uses In Gardens: Tips On Using Oatmeal For Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Oatmeal is a nutritious, fiber-rich grain that tastes great and “sticks to your ribs” on cold winter mornings. Although opinions are mixed and there is no scientific evidence, some gardeners believe that using oatmeal in the garden provides a number of benefits. Want to try using oatmeal in the garden? Read on for info and tips. Oatmeal Uses in Gardens Below are the most common uses of oatmeal in gardens. Oatmeal pest control Oatmeal is nontoxic and slugs and snails love it – until it kills them by swelling up inside their slimy little bellies. To use oatmeal as pest control, just sprinkle a little dry oatmeal around your plants. Use oatmeal sparingly, as too much can swell and become gooey and packed around stems if the soil is moist. Too much can also attract rodents and insects. Oatmeal as fertilizer

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