Garden Tips: Feeding Soil
There are simple ingredients that can add an extra kick to the garden and feed plants. The great thing is these simple ingredients come from things used daily in the kitchen, that don’t need to be thrown away. The natural scraps from the kitchen are perfect for microbes and earthworms, which are essential in the garden. Here are some quick tips to help keep the soil in your garden rich and full of nutrients.
Save egg shells! Egg shells can be used to richen garden soil. Rinse egg shells and let dry. Egg shells can be ground into powder or simply broken up into pieces. I use a coffee grounder, but it can be crushed into pieces with a spoon. Whole shells may be used but, it is best to break up the shells to allow them to break down into the soil quickly. Then add the beneficial ingredient to plant soil. The shells release minerals and calcium into the fertile ground. Egg shell powder can be added to compost or garden soil. Just save egg shells from the kitchen, to be ready to use for the garden.
Used coffee grounds can be perfect for garden soil. It can be placed in the pots, or soil of the garden. Coffee grounds are a perfect ingredient to add to the mulch layer. It is not a quick fix to feed soil, but over time the grounds releases minerals, including magnesium and copper. Used coffee grounds are perfect for compost. For those producing a worm farm, used coffee grounds are a beneficial ingredient to place in worm bins. An added bonus of coffee grains, is that it keeps pest away. If you are a coffee drinker or live with someone that does, don’t throw away coffee grounds, but save them for the garden.
Used tea bags are an excellent thing to save for the garden. They add nutrients to the soil and help plants grow. It is best to bury the tea bags in pots or around the desired plant to fertilize the soil. Tea bags, feed plants and keep pest away. It is a wonderful ingredient to save from the kitchen for a garden.
Those are three simple ingredients from the kitchen that are beneficial to the garden. The next time you use them, don’t discard these precious items. Happy gardening!