If you have a garden, then you know how important it is to fertilize your plants in order for them to grow and produce abundant crops.
Vegetables need several basic nutrients in order to thrive: nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. They also require trace nutrients such as calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Here are some easy all-natural fertilizer recipes that will help give your plants the extra nutrients they need. You probably already have many of the ingredients you will need on hand.
Epsom Salt Fertilizer
1 tbsp. Epsom salt
1 gallon water
Combine the Epsom salt (available in the drug store) and water in a watering can. Water plants, making more if necessary to water entire garden.
Epsom salt will add necessary magnesium to your garden. It is especially beneficial for tomatoes, bell peppers, and roses. It is also great for houseplants.
Egg Shell Fertilizer
To make egg shell fertilizer all you need to do is save your egg shells while you are cooking and then allow them to air dry.
When you have a nice pile of dry egg shells, pulse them in the blender until they turn into powder.
Spread the equivalent of approximately five eggshells into the dirt around each plant. Work the shells into the soil.
This fertilizer can be used on vegetables and flowers. It will add needed calcium to your plants and soil.
Liquid Egg Shell Fertilizer
If you prefer liquid fertilizer, you can use egg shells to create a liquid fertilizer.
Take approximately 20 egg shells and boil them in a gallon of water for a couple of minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the egg shells sit in the water for about 8 hours. Remove the egg shells. The fertilizer is ready to use. You can store it an in a clean empty milk or orange juice container.
Coffee Ground Fertilizer
If you are a coffee drinker, then here is a great use for all those coffee grounds. After you make a pot of coffee just save the grounds and sprinkle them on the ground around your favorite acid loving flowering plants. Magnolias, hydrangeas, and azaleas, will all benefit from this coffee ground fertilizer.
Banana Peel Fertilizer
Potassium loving plants such as rose bushes will benefit from the potassium that banana peels have to offer. Just bury a banana peel in the ground near the rose plant and it is decomposes it will nourish the plant, helping it to grow larger and have bigger and more blooms.
Grass Clipping Fertilizer
You may already know that grass is high in nitrogen, which makes it great for making fertilizer for nitrogen loving plants.
This fertilizer should be applied every two weeks. If you add nitrogen to your plants too often, the plant will expend its energy by growing large and leafy, and it will not produce well.
To make fertilizer from grass clippings (also known as fertilizer tea), first fill up a 5 gallon bucket with grass clippings.
Fill the bucket up with water and put it cover on it. Let it set, covered, for about 3 weeks, stirring it every week or so.
Next dilute the fertilizer tea by mixing 1 cup of liquid grass fertilizer with 10 cups of water.
To use, pour approximately 2 cups of diluted fertilizer around small plants and 6 cups around large plants.
Homemade fertilizers are very economical and easy to make. While many plants will produce well on their own, adding extra nutrients will help them produce more and longer, helping you to get the most out of your garden.
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