If you want to have a bountiful harvest of flowers and vegetables in your own garden, it is necessary to apply fertilizer. But do not appeal directly to chemical solutions. There are several remedies that can provide the nutrients that the soil needs including phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. By using a natural homemade fertilizer you will help plants to flourish and thus you will enrich the garden.
Use mowed grass
A useful way to recycle mowed grass is using it for mulching the furrows of flowers and vegetables. Thus, moisture remains in the soil longer and acts as a slow action fertilizer. Furthermore, mowed grass keeps the soil aerated. From the moment the mowed grass start to decompose, it begins to act like a fertilizer.
To prevent the putrefaction of the mowed grass, the mulch layer shouldn’t be more than three to five centimeters thick. It is advisable to allow the grass to dry a bit before using.
The miracle product: coffee grounds
Coffee grounds are a well-known fertilizer. This is due to the high content of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium minerals that make a high quality natural fertilizer. This type of fertilizer does not require any effort. Simply collect coffee grounds, spread it on a newspaper and let it dry – so coffee grounds will spread more easily. Coffee grounds can be used as fertilizer for furrows and potted plants but also for indoor plants.
Indoor flowers tolerate coffee grounds every 6 months. In contrast, outdoor plants can be fertilized with coffee ground up to four times a year. It is advisable to slightly sprinkle coffee grounds on the ground around the plant and then incorporate it into the soil. For potted plants and flower stands, coffee grounds can be mixed with the soil when planting.
Roses, geraniums, hydrangeas and azaleas are several types of plants that react well to coffee grounds. But you have to keep in mind that this type of fertilizer that can attract earth worms that can weaken the soil of nutrients through their droppings.
Not particularly fragrant, but very beneficial
Manure may be not as fragrant but it’s very beneficial for roses and other garden plants that require many nutrients. In order to prepare this type of fertilizer, put a manure shovel in a bucket and add water. Then, store the container three weeks in a place where the smell can’t bother you. Manure can then diluted in water in a ratio of 1:20 and used for fertilization.
Warning: the mixture emits a strong smell! For those who want to save time, simply scattered the manure among roses.
Nettles based fertilizer
This type of fertilizer nourishes plants naturally through its high content of nitrogen.
How to prepare
Cut a kilogram of fresh nettles and put in a bucket with about 10 liters of water. Rainwater is ideal. Let the leaves soak for about two weeks. The fertilizer is ready when the water becomes dark and the foaming has stopped.
Dilute half a liter of resulted fluid in a 10-liter watering can. Spray the plants once or twice a week. This fertilizer is beneficial for all indoor plants but also for plants furrows except beans, peas and onions. It is also indicated against lice; if you spray this solution easily if it will create a silicate crust that will prevent lice from piercing the plant. Protection lasts until the first rain – the rainwater will wash the sprayed substance.
The water used for cooking potatoes is also a very good natural fertilizer because of the vitamin released in the water during the cooking. Simply cool the water and use it for watering potted plants once a week.
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