Store bought fertilizer can be expensive and can even harm your lawn, family, and pets. Save your money and a trip to the store by making your own fertilizer from ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen.
What does a plant’s diet need to consist of?
- Potassium: Stimulates flower and fruit growth
- Nitrogen: Supports leaf growth
- Phosphorous: Promotes root growth
Vinegar Fertilizer (Great for rose bushes)
- Combine one tablespoon of white vinegar with one gallon of water.
- Water your plants and repeat every three months.
Epsom Salt Fertilizer (Great for tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and peppers)
- Combine one tablespoon of Epsom salt and one gallon of water.
- Water your plants with this mixture once a month.
Eggshell Fertilizer (Great for flower beds)
- After cooking, save your eggshells and set aside to dry.
- Once dried, blend shells to a powder consistency.
- Sprinkle in your garden every two to three weeks.
Firewood Ash Fertilizer (Great as garden fertilizer lime)
- Sprinkle ash over garden beds and sift or work into soils.
- Note: Do not use around acid-loving plants nor should you use if the soil is alkaline based.
- Repeat every three to four weeks.
Fish Tank Water Fertilizer (Great for everyday use)
- Save the dirty water from your fish tank to reuse to water your plants.
- The water is packed full of nutrients like nitrogen that is a superfood for plants.
- Repeat as often as you would like.
Coffee Grinds Fertilizer (Great for acid-loving plants)
- Line a cookie sheet with newspaper and place used coffee grinds on top.
- Set aside and allow to air dry.
- Once dried, sprinkle at the roots of plants.
Tip: If you call ahead, Starbucks will save you FREE bags of used coffee grinds.