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 own vegetables, you probably want them to be as healthy and organic as possible. This is why an increasing number of homeowners now prefer to make their own homemade organic fertilizer – plus it’s cheaper to make your own!
The best part is, making fertilizer at home is super easy. You need to remember that plants essentially need 3 major nutrients to thrive: potassium (for overall health), phosphorus (for fruits and flowers), and nitrogen (for leaf and green growth). Other than these, plants also need a lot of 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
Easily available at any drugstore, Epsom salt is a great source of sulfur and magnesium for the soil. It’s especially good for roses and tomatoes. If you have are looking for something that can give your plants a deeper, richer green color, simply mix 1 gallon water with 1 tablespoon Epsom salt and add it to your soil.
The recommended dosage is 1 tablespoon if this solution for every 1-2 feet in height of 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 the acidity of soil, it’s perfect if you are trying to grow rhodies, magnolias, hydrangeas, and roses.
Egg Shell Fertilizer
Egg shells are extremely high in calcium which promotes cellular growth in plants. If you have ever experienced blossom end rot on your tomatoes, it is a clean indication that your soil is deficient in calcium.
Simply crush up used egg shells and bury them underneath the surface of the soil. You can also create a spray by boiling 20 egg shells in 1 gallon water for a few minutes and then let the whole thing sit overnight. Strain the solution and use as a spray directly into the soil.
Banana Peel Fertilizer
Banana peels are high in potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, and 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.