Gardens have been around for hundreds of years and using natural home-made remedies to fertilize was the only thing people had to keep their garden and lawn alive. These days however we seem to have so many chemical based products. So if you’re looking for natural and organic ways to fertilize the garden and lawn look no further, I did some Internet research and discovered these 13 natural household garden and lawn fertilizers.
Eggshells are great to save for your garden plants. Crush them up and spread them around the stems of your vegetables and flowers, then cover with a small amount of soil. They’ll not only provide fertilizer; they’ll help keep slugs and snails away. The water that you’ve used to boil eggs in, when cooled can be used to water your plants giving them nutrient-enriched water that helps them grow faster.
#2. Grass Clippings
Grass clippings are said to replenish nitrogen in your soil when applied properly. Make sure to mix the soil and the clippings after the clippings are added. Just throwing them on top of the sol can cause the clippings to dry out quickly and leave an odor that isn’t very pleasant. With the left over clippings you can also start your own compost pile to make homemade fertilizer. There is nothing like the natural – organic way!
#3. Wood Ash
Fire Pit or a fireplace ash can reduce overly acidic soil by adding potassium and magnesium to the soil. If you’re wanting to use wood ash in your garden, make sure the wood is untreated and is stain-free. Treated wood has dangerous chemicals which can kill your plants. A hardwood, like oak, will also provide more ash than a softer wood. Don’t use to much this can hurt your garden!
Making a small compost pile of grass clippings, leaves, tea bags, or any other nonchemical based product into a container. Drill holes around the bin to air out the compost, so it can dissolve faster. Each day make sure to mix up the compost.
#5. Hydrogen Peroxide for Roots
To make your plant’s root system stronger use hydrogen peroxide, this helps prevents root rot and over watering. Mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 2 cups water, and water your plant with the mixed solution. It is also a disinfectant that will fend off bacteria, mold, fungus, and other bad soil diseases.
#6. Cereal Crumb Fertilizer
Cereal crumbs are great for plants. They supply nutrients to the soil, given that they’re grains that came from the soil in the first place it makes sense that they would be beneficial to the soil. Dump the remains of the crumbs into your houseplants or garden for a goodie they will love.
#7. Make Your Own Bone-meal
Bone-meal is a great source of nutrients for your plants. Bone-meal is saved bones from chicken, turkey, steaks, and stews, dry them out by roasting them in a 425ºF for 30 minutes or you can microwave them on high for 1–6 minutes (This all depends on how many bones you have). Place them in plastic or paper bag and then hit them with a hammer, making it into a powder. Then pouring the crushed-up bones into your soil for your plants to enjoy a great treat. Best thig about this is you didn’t spend a dime on this all- natural treat your plants will love!
#8. Growing Carrots and Tomatoes
Carrots and tomatoes both need extra nitrogen, which coffee has. Mix the seeds with coffee grounds before you plant them (used coffee grounds is fine). The coffee will provide nitrogen to your growing plants which is something they need.
#9. Slow-Release Nitrogen
Want all the benefits of an expensive fertilizer without the price tag? If so then use this nitrogen rich fertilizer that will release the nitrogen slowly into the ground. Dissolve a packet of unflavored gelatin in 3 cups warm water. Then water the plants that need it the most to help boost them up.
#10. Epsom Salt Lawn Fertilizer
Epsom salts are one of the best natural lawn fertilizers around they are full of magnesium and sulfur, which both are great for your grass. Magnesium jump starts seed germination and is also a player in making chlorophyll, the material that plants create from sunlight in order to feed themselves. It also gets rid of ground worms. Sprinkle them on your lawn using a spreader or make a liquid solution out of them by adding some water and putting the mixture in a spray bottle.
#11. Matchbook -Pepper Patch
This is such a great and easy way to grow peppers that you must try it. A matchbook buried near the roots of each pepper plant will make sulfur and is a great fertilizer for them.
#12. Seashell Fertilizer
Shells from mussels, clams, or other shellfish are also great for gardens. Crush them up and spread in your garden like the eggshells. The crushed shells have calcium in them which is also great for your grass!
#13. Fat for Your Roses
An extra dose of nutrients can help your rose bushes grow. A small amount of fat drippings buried at the base of a rose bush will keep it healthier and make it bloom a lot more.
The best part about all these fertilizers is that they are all-natural, and they keep your plants strong without artificial chemicals. They also don’t cost anything even if they do it’s a few dollars. Give some thought on using these household all-natural and organic garden fertilizers and feel good about the fact that you are doing things naturally and saving money at the same time!
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