If you don’t like the idea of pumping chemicals into your yard and the environment as a whole, you’re not alone. And if you are growing your vegetables, you probably want them to be as healthy and organic as possible. That is why an increasing number of homeowners now prefer to make their homemade organic fertilizer – plus, it’s cheaper to make your own!
The best part is, making fertilizer at home is super easy. It would be best if you remembered that plants essentially need three significant nutrients to thrive:
- Potassium (for overall health)
- Phosphorus (for fruits and flowers)
- Nitrogen (for leaf and green growth)
Other than these, plants also need many micronutrients, including sulfur, calcium, and magnesium.
Now that you know what your plants need let’s check out some easy-to-make organic fertilizer recipes you can make today.
Epsom Salt Fertilizer
Readily available at any drugstore, Epsom salt is an excellent source of sulfur and magnesium for the soil. It’s perfect for roses and tomatoes. If you have are looking for something that can give your plants a deeper, richer green color, mix 1-gallon water with one tablespoon Epsom salt and add it to your soil.
The recommended dosage is one tablespoon of this solution for every 1-2 feet in the height of the plant. But you don’t have to worry about overdoing this fertilizer since it breaks down to magnesium once sprinkled.
Coffee Grounds Fertilizer
Homemade fertilizer made from coffee grounds is super rich in nitrogen and nourishes the soil. Just add up to 25% coffee grounds into the soil at the base of your plants. Since it increases soil acidity, it’s perfect if you are trying to grow rhodies, magnolias, hydrangeas, and roses.
Egg Shell Fertilizer
Eggshells are incredibly high in calcium which promotes cellular growth in plants. If you have ever experienced blossom end rot on your tomatoes, it is a clear indication that your soil is deficient in calcium.
Crush up used eggshells and bury them underneath the surface of the soil. You can also create a spray by boiling 20 eggshells in 1-gallon water for a few minutes and then let the whole thing sit overnight. Strain the solution and use it as a spray directly into the soil.
Banana Peel Fertilizer
Banana peels are high in potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, so they are great for fruiting and flowering plants. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for vegetables! Just bury a banana peel under the ground at the base of the plants and let it decompose. Also, consider freezing overripe bananas that you’d have otherwise thrown away, and then bury them next to your plants whenever you need to fertilize.