An organic garden or lawn isn’t just about staying away from chemical pesticides and weedicides. An important part of what makes your garden organic comes down to the kind of fertilizing you do. Organic fertilizers, of course, can be expensive to buy. And who really knows what goes into it? Since you have a garden, (and since you hopefully have a kitchen too), rustling up some great organic plant fertilizer for your garden shouldn’t be a big deal. Homemade fertilizer is practically free, it’s fresh (and therefore possessing of more nutrients to put in your soil) and it cuts down on the garbage you send out with the sanitation department that adds to the landfill. Let’s look at a few recipes for organic plant fertilizer, shall we?
Kitchen waste makes for great organic plant fertilizer. There are all kinds of recipes possible; one popular one would be a mixture of egg shells, coffee grounds and banana skins. If you have rosebushes in your garden, this mixture will give them all the potassium and calcium that they need. Coffee grounds happen to be rich in nitrogen – and can send a plant’s health levels soaring. Using such a mixture though, you need to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Working the stuff under the soil should keep ants and other pests away.
If you have an oak tree in your garden or one in the neighborhood, scooping up dry fallen leaves around the tree for your composting needs can work great. Soak them in a pail full of water for a week until everything turns into a soft mulch. Any hedges and shrubbery in your garden should really benefit from this.
People tend to underestimate the value of vinegar as an organic plant fertilizer – even if it’s been used to enrich soil for ages. Garden soil often happens to be too high in pH for plants. A pint of vinegar in 3 gallons of water poured into the soil around your plants should brighten them up in short order. Another underestimated product that could be of great use in your garden is magnesium sulfate or Epsom salts, otherwise known as bath salts. A gallon of water with ammonia and Epsom salts sprayed around your entire garden can really fertilize kitchen garden plants.
The reason you would do all of this is, that you need to supply your soil with all the nutrients that your plants need. Not every kind works with every plant, of course. Look a little information up, and you should be able to completely dispense with poisonous chemical fertilizers. Why would anyone even head that way?