Monday, April 8, 2019
By Betty Kingery
Natural Garden Fertilizers

If you would like to give your plants a big boost, you will love to make your own Homemade 'Miracle Grow'.

There are lots of reasons that you may want to make your own fertilizer and one of them is the lack of nasty chemicals.

 

Banana Peel Fertilizer

One of the most popular DIY Fertilizers on the internet is this banana version. Banana peels are a great fertilizer for Roses! High potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, banana peels are great for flowers and fruiting plants. All you have to do is bury a peel under the ground. Make sure it is at the base of the plant, and allow it to decompose. Another way is to freeze overripe bananas and the bury next to a needy plant when required. If you prefer to make a spray, soak a peel in water for 2-3 days, then use the water to spray plants or seedlings. You can also 'roast' banana peels in the oven until they are charred. When cooked, break them into pieces and pop into the soil of your house plants.

 

Epsom Salt Fertilizer

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt

1 Gallon of Water

Distribute with a watering can. Can be used on both indoor and outdoor plants. You can also mix into the soil around plants. The rate should be 1 tablespoon for every 1-2 feet in the height of the plant. Be sure that you water well. Epsom Salt is available at your local store. 
It is great for adding magnesium and sulfur to the soil. This works especially well for tomatoes and roses. Epsom Salt tea is great for starting seedlings and reducing transplant shock too. It's is known for giving plants a deep green color, especially on magnesium low soils, this is a simple and quick recipe. It is almost impossible to over-do this fertilizer and the best part, it breaks down into a simple magnesium component.

 

Egg Shell Fertilizer

Eggs Shells are very high in calcium, which is necessary for good cellular growth in all plants. You can crush up used egg shells and simply bury beneath the solid surface, or for a faster result you can make a spray as well. 

Ingredients:

20 egg shells

1 Gallon of Water

Boil eggs shells in the water for a few mins, then let sit in the water overnight. Strain and use as a spray or water from a can directly in the soil.

 

Coffee Grounds Fertilizer

Coffee grounds are a natural fertilizer that not only adds nitrogen to deficient soil, it also increases the acidity. This will make you roses, hydrangeas, magnolias and rhododendrons very happy! Work up to 25% coffee grounds into the soil, at the base of the plants. coffee grounds will also improve the organic matter in the soil. 

 

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