7 Organic Fertilizers You Might be Throwing Away
Take a look at this list of 7 ingredients that you can take out from the trash and convert them to organic soil improvement treasure. Take a look at the following:
Are you aware that if you mow your grass and don’t pick up the clippings you can fertilize your lawn? If you don’t like the way your grass looks, wait 24 hours. Clippings sink down into the grass and start breaking down withing a couple of days. Crass clippings can serve for 2 purposes: They prevent weeds, and they conserve moisture.
You might be wondering how grass clippings measure up on the N-P-K scale. The answer depends on how old the grass clippings are. Fresh ones can be 5% nitrogen, and old ones are more like 2%.
If you have treated your lawn with any herbicides, do not collect and use grass clippings until a month or longer!
Banana peels are usually thrown away by people. Not only the peels are rich in potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, but they will completely improve your garden. You can bury the whole or cut up into chunks at the base of the plant. You can also soak them in water for 48 hours, then pour the banana juice directly to your plants. The peels should be planted no deeper than 4 inches.
Egg shells are one of the best ways to add calcium to your soil. You can add them directly to your compost pile, r put crushed egg shells at the bottom of the hole before you plant something new. They work especially good for tomato plants. Egg shells also deter snugs and snails.
Ash from your fireplace is extremely rich in potassium and can also raise the pH level of your soil. Did you know that if you mix urine with wood ash you will get the ideal fertilizer? National Geographic reports that it can increase the productivity in your garden. However, pure as will work just as fine in your garden.
It may surprise you that when you boil or steam veggies, many of the nutrients left in the pan can be actually good for your plants. Just make sure you don’t use water that has sodium or sugar added, and use the water as soon as it cools down. Also, don’t use water that has been used to cook starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Fish waste might require a bit more ingenuity than the others on the list, but it is really cool. You can grow plants without soil in the water from your fish tank.
If you are one of those people who drink coffee every day, or if you have someone in the family that drinks coffee, don’t throw away the grounds. If not, your local coffee shop can save some grounds for you. Why? Because coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen. You can spread the grounds directly into the soil, or you can mix them into your compost pile. If you add them to the compost, the recipe would be 1/3 leaves, 1/3 coffee grounds and 1/3 grass clippings.
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