How to get the best natural fertilizers for the garden
Organic gardening is as popular as ever, and the methods we use play a critical role in our health and the health of the planet.
There are many all-natural garden fertilizers that you can also use with potting soil.
Some of these fertilizers can be made or collected at home using common items from your pantry or your backyard. We present you the best and most practical garden fertilizers that you can make yourself, for a variety of needs.
If you have organic grass, be sure to pick up your grass clippings to use in your gardens. One-half inch to one inch of grass clippings is an excellent mulch that blocks weeds, and is also rich in nitrogen, which is an essential nutrient for most plants.
Like grass clippings, many of the weeds you will find in your garden are very high in nitrogen and will make an excellent fertilizer. The problem is that once you have uprooted the weeds, you will surely not want to put them back in the garden because the seeds will sprout and produce new weeds. The solution? Make herb tea.
To do this, fill a five gallon bucket no more than 1/4 with the weeds you have removed. Then fill the rest of the bucket with water and let the weeds soak for a week or two. Once the water turns nice and brown (like tea), pour this herb tea into your garden.
Put your kitchen waste to work making one of the best garden fertilizers.
Compost releases nutrients slowly, which means that a well-composted garden can last a year or two without the need to reapply the fertilizer. Compost also helps the soil retain moisture, which is essential for orchards to thrive during hot, dry summers.
The manure comes from a variety of sources: cows, horses, chickens, and even bats. Each type of manure is high in nitrogen and other nutrients, but you should use it carefully. Raw manure is highly acidic and may actually have more nutrients than your plants need, so too much can burn them. It is better to use composted manure. Since it is less dense in nutrients and acid, you can use more to improve the water retention of your soil without risking your plants.
You won’t have to wait long – manure quickly becomes a perfect odorless soil amendment.
Instead of packing the fall leaves and putting them on the sidewalk, collect them for your gardens. The leaves are rich in trace minerals, attract earthworms, retain moisture, and help lighten heavy soils.
You can use the leaves in two ways: either until they enter your soil (mix crushed leaves in potting soil), or use them as mulch to fertilize your plants and maintain weeds.
Ground coffee beans have many uses, but one of the best is as garden fertilizer.
Many plants, such as blueberries, rhododendron, roses, and tomatoes, thrive best in acidic soils. Recycle ground coffee to help acidify your soil.
There are a couple of ways to do this: You can spray the used grains on the soil surface, or you can make “coffee” to pour into your gardens. Soak up to six cups of ground coffee for a week to make garden coffee, then use it to water your acid-loving plants.
If you have ever used lime in your garden, then you know that it comes with many benefits: primarily, it helps reduce the acidity of your soil for plants that don’t like acid, and provides plants with a lot of calcium, which is an essential nutrient .
Lime itself is a completely natural garden fertilizer that you can buy at the garden center, but if you prefer to save some money, there is a cheaper way to get the same benefits. Just wash the eggshells in your kitchen, save them and grind them for use in the garden.
It turns out that the eggshells are 93% calcium carbonate, which is the scientific name for lime.
We eat bananas for their potassium, and roses also love potassium. Simply bury the husks in a hole next to the rose bush so they can make natural compost. As the rose grows, it buries the shells in the top layer of the soil. Both approaches will provide much-needed potassium for proper plant growth.
Create or produce your own natural fertilizer, and keep your garden always green and with a wide variety of plants. This is the best way to fertilize your space, you save money, reuse natural materials and you can enjoy a totally organic and chemical-free garden.