Homemade fertilizer for organic gardening

by Christy Honaker 12/18/2022

You don’t need to spend a fortune on boutique fertilizer for organic gardening. While there are plenty of store-bought options available, many of the best fertilizer ingredients are found right at home.

Here is a quick guide to the best DIY fertilizer for your organic garden:

Kitchen scraps

Some of the best organic fertilizers are found right in your kitchen trash. Instead of throwing everything away, try collecting your organic food waste and composting it. Your homemade fertilizer made from compost will provide plenty of nutrients to every plant in your organic garden.

Eggshells

Washed and crushed eggshells make a simple DIY fertilizer for plants that love calcium. In addition to providing this valuable mineral plants crave, the calcium carbonate in eggshells can also help lower the acidity of your garden soil.

Coffee grounds

If your plants prefer more acidic soil, coffee grounds are your perfect choice of DIY fertilizer. You can sprinkle used coffee grounds over the soil surface, or soak the grounds for a few days to make “plant coffee.”

Banana peels

Bananas and their peels are an excellent source of potassium. Some plants such as roses thrive with extra potassium in their environment. If you have an organic rose garden, bury banana peels in the top layer of soil to feed your blooms.

Garden weeds

No need for a yard waste bin - pesky weeds from your garden can actually help your plants grow when used as fertilizer. To prevent them from propagating and taking over your garden, however, create a “tea” by soaking pulled weeds in water for a week or more.

Grass clippings

Grass clippings are another form of yard waste you can put to good use instead of throwing them away. Collect the clippings from your lawn mower to create a DIY weed-blocking mulch layer for your garden soil.

Fallen leaves

Rather than throw away bags and bags of leaves in fall, use them as a DIY organic garden fertilizer. Leaves can benefit your garden by attracting earthworms, retaining moisture, lightening soil texture and providing trace minerals to the soil.

Manure

No matter the source, manure is rich in nitrogen and other key nutrients perfect for plants. If you have chickens, cows or horses, you have a free and plentiful supply of natural fertilizer at the ready.

 

Whether you’re growing flowers or a vegetable garden, keep these natural fertilizers in mind as an alternative to synthetic fertilizers. Not only will you be recycling valuable organic resources, you’ll be saving money at the same time.

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Christy Honaker

Heart of Virginia Properties Team consists of Tammy Berfield, Elizabeth Jones, Christy Honaker and Erica Cuskey. All of these ladies have strong community ties and strong family values. With 20 plus years’ experience in organizing, nurturing, multitasking, and problem-solving, they find themselves capable of juggling the many hats necessary for a real estate transaction. Most people look for one agent to help them manage the process but with Heart of Virginia Properties Team, our clients receive the benefit of 4 agents working on their behalf. They would love to welcome your referrals into the family.