Like all living things, plants require food to survive, and there are commercial varieties of plant food available that meet the nutritional needs of every outdoor plant. Although commercial food is the best source of balanced nutrition for flowers, fruits, and vegetables, there are a number of homemade fertilizers you can use. Homemade garden fertilizers provide many of the beneficial vitamins, minerals and nitrogen that outdoor plants require.
The following homemade fertilizers are easy to make and easy to apply to plants, fruits, and vegetables. These homemade fertilizers are safe, and they are very inexpensive. Consider these homemade fertilizers to give your garden flowers, fruits and vegetables the boost they need.
Powdered Eggshell Fertilizer
Next time you use an egg, don’t throw away the shell. Eggshells provide a rich source of potassium and calcium, and eggshells are fantastic when used in homemade fertilizer. Making powdered eggshell fertilizer is simple. Dry out empty eggshells, and crush them into powder. Work approximately five crushed eggshells into the soil around every plant. Outdoor flowers, fruits, and vegetables will benefit greatly from this homemade fertilizer.
Liquid Eggshell Fertilizer
If you’d rather feed your plants with homemade liquid fertilizer, make a batch with empty eggshells. Simply boil twenty eggshells in a gallon of water for several minutes. Allow the eggshells to steep for eight hours before removing the shells. Store the homemade liquid fertilizer in a covered container, and apply an adequate amount to outdoor plants, fruits, and vegetables once each week.
Milk is said to do a body good, and milk is also good for plants. Milk contains the nitrogen-building protein that plants require. Give your plants a healthy dose of nutrient-rich milk by mixing one part milk and four parts water. Feed plants approximately one cup of this homemade fertilizer once a week for best results.
Homemade Fertilizer Teabag
A homemade fertilizer teabag will enable you to brew nutrient-rich tea for your outdoor plants, fruits, and vegetables. This liquid solution is easy to make, and the dry ingredients will keep indefinitely if stored in a cool, moisture-free location.
To make three gallons of liquid plant fertilizer you’ll need four cups of seed meal, one cup of dolomite lime, one-half cup of bone meal, and one-half cup of kelp meal. Combine these ingredients, and place them in the center of a double layer of cheesecloth. Make a teabag by knotting the ends, and soak it in three gallons of water for twenty-four hours. Discard the teabag, and stir the solution. Sparingly apply this homemade plant fertilizer on a regular basis to feed your outdoor flowers, fruits, and vegetables.