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. If this is you…you are in luck. Here are 5 ways to make your own Home Made Miracle Grow and other plant fertilizers.
Normal retail plant fertilizers often contain chemicals that are not environmentally friendly. Some can even harm your plants! They are also quite expensive. Many gardeners like to make their own home made versions of these plants with items found around the home.
Organic farmers have long used manure to fertilize their gardens, and many home gardeners use compost as a form of enriching the soil to add nutrients. Many plants need additional fertilizing and that is where these home made recipes will help.
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Make your own home made Miracle Grow.
You can easily make a home made Miracle Grow fertilizer your plants using products found in the home!
To make this home made fertilizer combine these together::
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 tbsp epsom salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of Household ammonia
Mix all the 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.
Here are a few other ways to fertilize plants using products found in the home.
Home made Miracle Grow is not the only fertilizer that you can make. There are versions of liquid fertilizers, fish emulsion recipes and other ideas, too.
Compost Tea Fertilizer:
I love making use of items that would normally be thrown away. For this fertilizer, we’ll be using two common kitchen scraps that are great for adding nutrients to plants.
Get a clean glass jar. Add water to the jar. (Rain water is best, but unchlorinated water works too.) Keep it on your counter. Whenever you use eggs, crunch up the shells and put them into the jar. The same goes for used coffee grounds. (Tea bags also work.) 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 several days 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 or some cheesecloth into another bottle. That is all there is to it. Just the a few tablesspooons of the strained “compost tea” fertilizer to your watering can and water your plants.
Weed compost tea:
Composting is great for making humus to add to your soil, but there is a version of it that is also makes a great fertilizer by using weeds and rain water.
This fertilizer is similar to the coffee/tea version above but you use weeds from your garden. Don’t use any weeds that have been treated with herbicides. Place the weeds in a jar with rain water. Cover and place the jar 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 for outdoor plants.
Epsom salt fertilizer.
Epsom salt is made with the minerals magnesium and sulfate. It is normally used as an exfoliant and anti-inflammation remedy for dry skin.
This produce also makes a great DIY fertilizer for your indoor plants, peppers, roses, potatoes, and tomatoes. The reason for this because Epsom salt contains the two important minerals needed by these plants. Epsom salt can help to improve flowering and it also enhances a plant’s green color. Some plants will even get more bushy when watered with epsom salts as a fertilizer.
To make Epsom salt fertilizer, just mix 2 tablespoon of Epsom salt to a gallon of water. Combine it well and mist your plants with the solution once a month when you water them. If you spray more often, just weaken the solution to 1 tablespoon of the salt to a gallon of water.
Fish tank water fertilizer.
Put the water in your aquarium to good use by watering your plants with it!
Fish tank water has similar effects to those that fish emulsion fertilizer does. A bonus is that it doesn’t require any labor at all. Just save all the dirty fish tank water and use it for watering your plants. Fish water contains nitrogen and other important nutrients that the plants need.
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