Organic gardening is as popular as ever, and the methods we use plays a critical role in our health and the health of the planet. Go no further than your pantry and backyard for materials to make your own organic fertilizer. Here are 9 of my favorite DIY organic fertilisers for a variety of needs.
1.Use grass clippings. Grass clippings make great organic fertilizer as they provide moisture for the soil and prevent weeds from cropping up. Use freshly cut grass from lawns that have not been treated with herbicides. Sprinkle a ½ inch layer of grass clippings on the soil as fertilizer.
2.Use coffee grounds as fertilizer. Used coffee grounds contain good nutrients for plants like nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and potash. They are particularly good for blueberries, evergreens, azaleas, roses, and fruit trees. Use your own coffee grounds or ask coffee shops for their used grounds.
3.Add egg shells to the garden. Egg shells contain beneficial nutrients for plants like nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and calcium. Crush up egg shells in an old coffee grinder and sprinkle them on your garden soil for a natural-fertilizer.
4.Soak the garden with Epsom salts. Epsom salts are great for encouraging plant growth and seed germination. Combine 1-tablespoon of Epsom salts with 1 gallon of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and apply it to the foliage in the garden.
• The Epsom salts can also increase fruit and flower production for roses, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and indoor houseplants.
5.Banana peels. Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply chop banana peels and throw them in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so that they can compost naturally to give you bigger and more blooms. You can also use banana peels on vegetable plants.
6.Molasses. using molasses in compost tea supposedly increases microbes and the beneficial bacteria that microbes feed on. If you want to start out with a simple recipe for molasses fertilizer, mix 1-3 tablespoons of molasses into a gallon of water. Water your plants with this concoction and watch them grow bigger and healthier.
7.Use wood ash or sawdust as fertilizer. Wood ash and sawdust add calcium and potassium to the soil. They can also help to raise the PH of the soil if it is too acidic, making it more hospitable to neutral PH plants like vegetables. Sprinkle wood ash or sawdust to the soil. Use five pounds of wood ash or sawdust for every 100 square feet of soil.
8.Fertilize with worm castings. Worm castings contain beneficial nutrients for the soil. You can buy worm castings from your local gardening store or start a worm farm and make your own. Spread the worm castings over the soil to fertilize it.
• Add enough worm castings to cover the soil completely in a thin layer.
And 9. Make your own Compost. Put kitchen scraps, tree leaves, and other kitchen and garden waste to work by making your own compost.
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