Make Your Own Fertilizer
Make your plants grow big and nutritious without spending a lot of money. These Fertilizers are regular household items and they are found in most homes, in most cases they are free or very cheap.
Here are some common materials that can make a great fertilizer. Some of these materials provide a very balanced mix of nutrients, while others will give you a few specific nutrients where you can target a deficiency in your soil.
Material from Compost
One of the best thing you can do for your garden is to build a compost heap and use it to supply your garden with a great fertilizer. Composted material will supply your garden with a very good mix of the nutrients it needs. For best results, make sure you put both green materials (things like kitchen scraps, which are high in nitrogen) and brown material (things like dried leaves and shredded cardboard, that are high in carbon).
Another variation on the traditional compost heap is worm composting. Adding certain worms like the red wigglers to your compost will help break the organic material down quicker, so where a normal compost heap would take months, a worm composter will take weeks.
Chicken Droppings can be used as an effective, fairly balanced fertilizer for your garden. If you have a chicken farm or chicken coop, or if you have chicken as pets, you can use chicken droppings directly in your garden or add it to your compost pile.
Here are some other fertilizer recipes:
Epsom salt is a good fertilizer because it is made up of magnesium and sulfate which are both vital plant nutrients. Epsom salt is good for Houseplant food, Vegetable (peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.) and Rose plants. You need: 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt 1 gallon water A watering can Direction 1. Combine the Epsom salt and water. 2. Use the solution to water your plants. 3. Repeat once a month.
Coffee Ground Fertilizer
Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium – all important plant nutrients. They are also acidic, and help to maintain the acidity of the soil. Good for Rose plant food You Need: Used coffee grounds A cookie Sheet Newspaper Direction 1. Line a cookie sheet with newspaper. 2. Then, spread your used coffee grounds out on the sheet, and allow them to dry completely. 3. Sprinkle the grounds around the base of your acid-loving plants. Azaleas, roses, rhododendrons and blueberries are just some of the plants that will benefit from this treatment. Note: Be careful not to over do it with the grounds. Even acid-loving plants can get too much acid.
Egg Shell Fertilizer
Eggs shells are made up almost entirely of calcium carbonate – the main ingredient in agricultural lime.
You Need: Egg Shells A blender Direction 1. Save your eggs shells, and allow them to air dry. 2. Then, place the dried shells in the blender, and pulse until they are powdery-fine. 3. Sprinkle in your garden.
The acetic acid in vinegar works to increase the acidity of the soil – just the thing for acid-loving plants. Use in Place of: Houseplant fertilizer Rose plant food You Need: 1 Tablespoon white vinegar 1 gallon water A watering can What You Do: Direction 1. Combine the white vinegar and water. 2. Use the solution to water your plants. 3. Repeat every three months.
Fish Tank Water Fertilizer
Fish tank water is full of nitrogen and other nutrients that plants need to thrive. Use in Place of: Any fertilizer You Need: Used fish tank water
Direction 1. Save the dirty water from your fish tank. 2. Then, use it to water your plants. Fireplace Ash Fertilizer fireplace ash fertilizer can be used in place of lime You Need: Fireplace ash Direction 1. Sprinkle your fireplace ash over your garden beds, and work into the soil. Note: Fireplace ash should not be used if your soil is alkaline, or be used around acid-loving plants.
Adding to your garden or compost pile will supply nitrogen. Pine needles will also decrease soil pH .Using any or all of these common items as fertilizer for your soil will give you a cheap and easy alternative to chemical fertilizers, and in a small way help to make the world a healthier and greener place.
Compost tea is another form of organic fertilizer for garden and lawn, Gardeners all know compost is awesome. But there's something even better than compost, and that is compost tea. Compost tea is made by steeping compost in water and in other cases adding air and other beneficial nutrients into that compost water and it supercharge and multiple the microorganism in the tea. You can use the compost tea as either a foliar spray or a soil drench, depending on what you want. for more information on how to make compost tea checkout my blog on how to make compost tea and Benefits of using Compost tea in your garden.