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Different variations to DIY fertilizer

Updated on December 18, 2011

Are you growing a vegetable or herb garden, or perhaps a bed full of flowers? Whatever it is that you’ve got planted, these organics are definitely nourished by the earth. But did you ever think that that’s enough? Well, you can nurture your plants with more nutrients other than what they typically get from the ground. This is where organic fertilizers for plants come into the picture. You can read more from this article to learn more on how to make your very own DIY fertilizer.

Use organic fertilizers for an added boost to your garden!

DIY fertilizer variations are products that will not add on your daily costs. In fact, you can create your own by simply using the organic scraps and other raw materials from your home. Your regular accumulation of kitchen scraps (such as fruit and vegetable peels, old newspaper strips, coffee grounds, broken egg shells, old tea filter bags) and garden wastes (such as grass clippings, dried leaves, day old animal manure) can also be turned into some homemade fertilizer.

How to make organic fertilizer

To know how to make organic fertilizer is quite easy. You can check the list below to know how to prepare yours at home.

  • Leaves – have these cut or shredded so that these doesn’t add bulk inside a composter; and then add some water. To be able to achieve finished compost after several months, have these turned and mixed once in a while.
  • Eggshells – Instead of using lime, you can use the dry shells from your beat-up eggs (crush about 5 eggshells) to make into a fertilizer. Simply have these pulverized so that it can be left into powder form; and have these sprinkled on the soil. These shells are a good source of calcium and potassium.
  • Coffee Grounds – have these dried on top of a cookie sheet first (also place a newspaper sheet on top of it). When these are finally dry, you can then spread some on acid-tolerating plants (such as roses and blueberries). Coffee grounds are rich in N, Mg, and K.

Liquid Fertilizers

  • Vinegar – you can also use vinegar with water as a garden or farm supplement. When preparing it, make sure that you mix in a tablespoon of vinegar with a gallon of water. After this, transfer the contents into a spray bottle or watering can to start applying on your plants (perfect for acid-loving plants).
  • Milk - If you have spare milk in your fridge, then you can also use it to nourish your plants (contains protein). Simply follow a 1:4 milk to water ratio when mixing this fertilizer. Only fertilize your plants with this mixture once every week.

Castings from worms

You can also brew some liquid DIY fertilizer using nothing but worm castings. You can harvest some of these from vermicomposting worms. This liquid fertilizer that’s been made out of presoaked worm castings is called worm tea.


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