3 Easy Homemade Fertilizers

Homemade fertilizers are a cheap and environmentally friendly way to feed your plants. It will encourage growth and crop yields and even discourage garden pests and plant diseases.  Plants and wildlife will love you for using it.

I`m a huge fan of organic gardening and letting nature take care of my plants.  My compost bin has supplied my plants with nutritious organic matter over the years and homemade fertilizers are a special treat for feeding my pot plants.  They are easy to make and very satisfying to know that your plants will benefit hugely from it.

Homemade fertilizer is a good way to put natural nutrients back into the earth which create a healthy eco system for insects, wildlife and plants.  It increases plant growth providing the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that plants thrive on. It is also an effective pest control when sprayed onto the plant leaves, covering plants with beneficial microbes which help to combat pests and diseases. 

Here are 3 easy to make homemade fertilizers

 Easy tea recipe

Add to a bucket:

  • Epson salt
  • Potash
  • Urine (an odd but key ingredient to any good compost)
  • Add grass clippings, leaves and even weeds.
  • Fill the bucket with un-chlorinated water.  Preferably rainwater.
  • Let the solution steep for 3 days, stirring occasionally to aerate it.
  • After 3 days, strain it out through a cheesecloth and dilute with un-chlorinated water.
  • Pour directly onto the soil and your plants with love you for it.

 Compost tea

Fill a bucket with:

  • 1/3 quality compost
  • Fill the bucket with water.  Not tap water, ideally rainwater.
  • Leave to steep for 3 days, stirring occasionally to aerate it.
  • Strain the mixture through a cloth. 
  • Dilute with un-chlorinated water at a ratio of 10:1
  • Pour directly onto the soil or use as a spray on the leaves.

Comfrey feed

This is considered one of the best homemade fertilizer recipes. This method does not have water added to it until it is ready for use.

Comfrey (Symphytum) garden herb for organic gardening homemade fertilizers
Comfrey (Symphytum)
  • Drill 3 holes in the base of a bucket and raise off the ground onto bricks or blocks. 
  • Place a bowl or tub beneath the holes to catch the tea.
  • Place comfrey leaves and stems in the bucket.
  • Cover and press down the comfrey.  Add a brick to keep it pressed.
  • Leave the comfrey to rot down for 3-4 weeks.
  • After 3-4 weeks, the comfrey will drip a treacle like liquid into the collection bowl.
  • Dilute the organic feed to a ratio of 20:1 of un-chlorinated water.  Ideally rainwater.

This feed is great on tomatoes and strawberries.

There are so many recipes ranging from easy to make, like these, to more complicated time-consuming recipes.  Feel free to add your recipes in the comments section and share your favourite recipes and wisdom with other gardener lovers.

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