Make your own plant fertilizer.
Many people who garden do not like to use commercial products to fertilize their plants. They prefer natural ingredients. Green is in when it comes to gardening. For those of you…you are in luck. Here are 5 versions of a home made plant fertilizer.
There is an easy to fertilize your plants using products found in the home! There are several ways to do this. Some are touted as “Home Made Miracle Grow.” Others are called compost tea, and some others just plain old DIY fertilizer.
Here are a few ways to fertilize using products found in the home.
DIY Miracle Grow:
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 tbsp epsom salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of Household ammonia
Mix all ingredients together and use once a month on your plants by mixing a 1/8 -1/4 of the concentrate with 4 cups of water in a watering can.
Get a clean glass jar. Add water to the jar. Keep it on your counter. Whenever you use eggs, crunch up the shells and put them into the jar. The same goes for coffee ground. Put them into the jar. Once you have quite a bit of this mix, add more water, shake and let it sit for a while.
It will need to sit for quite a while and you will need to shake it every day. Do not keep the jar in direct sunlight.
After about a week, strain the mix and strain it though a paper towel into another bottle. That is all there is to it. Just the strained “compost tea” fertilizer to add to your plants.
Weed compost tea:
Similar to the coffee/tea version but you use weeds. Don’t use any weeds that have been treated with herbicide. Place the weeds in a jar with rain water. Cover and place in the sun. It will smell really foul, but in a week you will have your “weed compost tea.” This mixture is e far more effective than miracle grow and will last the entire season in the ground.
Epsom salt fertilizer. This is the perfect DIY fertilizer for your houseplants, peppers, roses, potatoes, and tomatoes. The reason for this because Epsom salt contains sulfate and magnesium, two important minerals needed by these plants.
- 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt
- 1 gallon of water.
Mix well and add to your plants once a month when you water.
Fish tank water fertilizer.
This has similar effects that fish emulsion fertilizer does. It doesn’t require any labor at all. Just save all the dirty fish tank water and use it for watering the plants. Fish water contains nitrogen and other important nutrients that the plants need.
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