Homemade Organic Fertilizer
- Cottonseed meal
- Wood ash uses like these
- Alfalfa meal fertilizer
- Fish emulsion
- Fish meal
- Blood meal
- Animal manure
- Bat guano
- Worm castings
- Bone meal fertilizer
- Fill a 5 -gallon bucket 1/3 of the way with good quality finished compost from the compost pile.
- Fill the bucket with water to a few inches from top.
- Allow the mixture to steep for 3 or 4 days.
- Stir the mixture often
- Strain the mixture with a porous fabric and pour the remaining compost in the garden or sent back to the compost pile.
- Dilute the remaining liquid organic fertilizer to a ratio 10:1 of water to tea.
- Spray mixture over leaves with a sprayer.
2. Lawn Fertilizer and Weed Fertilizer Recipe
- Fill 5-gallon bucket with 2/3 parts of fresh grass clippings.
- Top off with a few inches of water
- Allow mixture to sit for 3 days at room temperature and stir the mixture at least once a day.
- Strain the liquid and dilute this liquid fertilizer with equal parts of water.
- Spray this rich nutrient content mixture over leaves for rapid growth.
- Like grass fertilizers, weeds are also high in nitrogen. They easily grow below your feet and hence you need not grow them specially.
- Horsetail, chickweed, Nettles, burdock, comfrey are some examples of weeds which form excellent homemade organic material to compost. The procedure of making an organic homemade plant fertilizer using weeds is exactly the same as grass fertilizer.
3. Natural Plant Fertilizer: Fish Tank Water Recipe
- Used fish tank water contains excessive nitrogen which is favorable for plants. However, be careful of removing all newborn fish from the water. Also, the contents should not come from a saltwater tank.
- Apply dirty and untreated water from the fish tank on plants.
- Vinegar and acetic acid work very well for plants which love acid. Use as a replacement for rose plant food or houseplant fertilizers. (Always test first)
- Mix 1-gallon water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
- Apply this mixture to your plants and repeat after every 3 months.
5. DIY Plant Fertilizer: Fireplace Ash Recipe
- Fireplace ash fertilizer is an excellent source of potassium and calcium carbonate. Use it as a replacement for lime.
- The soil amendment uses fireplace ash applied to the soil by massaging or working it in or laying fertilizer on the soil bed. This fertilizer should not be use on acid loving plants when the soil is alkaline in nature.
6. Manure Recipe
Manure has been used for centuries as well as for fertilizing and you can use manure from any farm animal that you may have.
- Composted manure of goat, chicken or horse and cattle is easily available with people who raise them.
- Use aged and composted manure for best results.
- Fill small, recyclable, permeable cloth bags with manure.
- This manure needs to steep for 3-4 days in a shaded area before it is applied to the soil before planting and the bag can be discarded or buried.
7. Worm Castings
- Making worm castings or worm tea is very easy. The recipe:
- Mix a handful of wriggler worms with kitchen scraps or cardboard scraps – aka compost.
- This mixture should steep for a week and then applied to your soil.
- Wash the eggshells.
- Crush them and work the crushed pieces into the soil especially near tomato or pepper plants.
- The calcium in eggs prevents rotting of roots.
- Eggshells contain calcium carbonate (93%).
- These can be used as a soil conditioner replacement for lime and work better on saving plants seeds.
9. Cat & Dog Food as Organic Fertilizer
- Organic dog food can be recycled and used as a fertilizer. It contains proteins and micronutrients to benefit the soil.
- When you prepare the soil for planting, spread this composted pet food into the soil with water. The food decays naturally in a few days.
- The food needs to be covered with a cardboard for keeping all animals including your pets from eating the food before it decomposes. For this, the soil needs to be covered with cardboard and then a wet layer of mulch. The wet layer of cardboard and mulch prevents the growth of weeds.
- The soil should be thoroughly watered for 3 to 4 weeks.
- Only care that needs to be taken is avoiding pet food which contains chemicals and sodium in high content (more than 3%), because this will be harmful for the plants.
- Apart from these, molasses, seaweed, alfalfa plants, soybean meal, even human urine can serve as very good organic fertilizers when used for the plants which can benefit from these for a better produce and healthy produce.
- Banana peels contain potassium which is essential for plant growth. Roses love potassium.
- Simply throw the banana skins or peels in a hole before planting or bury the peels under mulch for facilitating them to compost. This helps improve soil fertility resulting in bigger rose blooms. Along with the banana peels use Epsom salt to give roses blooms with more vibrant color.
- Tomatoes, blueberries and roses benefit from the nitrogen in coffee grounds.
- Liquid version of the coffee grounds or powder sprinkled on top of the ground helps the plants to grow well.
- Mix 6 cups of coffee grounds in 5 gallons of water.
- The mixture should settle down for 3 -4 days before applying to the soil.