How to Mix Your Own Blends of Fertilizer
Create your own homemade fertilizer to keep your garden green and save costs. Use compost in your mix to make your plants and vegetables thrive.
The Joys of Composting
Get in the habit of saving your compostable materials in a bin under the sink in your kitchen, or build a large dedicated bin in your backyard. There are even companies that sell bins made specifically for this purpose as well as worms (like red wrigglers) that help the decaying process along.
Read up on composting, and then throw table scraps into your bin. Let nature take its course while it creates the perfect fertilizer for your garden. Once your compost has been completed, you are ready for the next ingredient.
Time To Fish
Add hydrolyzed fish fertilizer to your blend for the most fruitful flower and vegetable gardens. It’s completely organic and uses no waste, which is also good for the environment. This kind of addition adds essential amino acids and oils to your mixture, and it has low levels of nitrogen and phosphorous, which will help with the regeneration of your soil.
More From The Ocean
Seaweed is one of the most readily available and completely natural additions to any fertilizer mixture, and it will enhance the quality of your food products and the overall look of your garden. You may use seaweed or kelp directly from the ocean as long as you ensure all of the salt has been washed off. Alternatively, purchase a naturally processed product that is sold commercially.
Seaweed extract comes in a liquid form that will easily mix with the other ingredients while even helping bind the compounds together to make a stronger, more effective homemade product.
Beer and Ammonia
You can also create a very viable fertilizer using beer and ammonia. Normally, this would be a rather unsafe mixture to have around the house, but in your garden, it can create some extraordinary effects. In a large container, mix together:
- 2 cups Water
- 1 cup Beer
- 1 cup Ammonia
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
Apply this fertilizer to your plants in a moderate amount. Reapply every 2 to 3 weeks as the plants show signs of needing more fertilizer.
Mix And Match
There is no perfect science to mixing your own fertilizer, and it may take several attempts to figure out the right composition. Composting is a good way to start to find effective and inexpensive ways to nurture your crops, whether it is at the farm or in your own urban back yard.
Also, there are many organic companies that sell these products such as fish and seaweed fertilizer on the Internet for very reasonable prices. Mixing your own fertilizer that helps the environment as well as your wallet is becoming much easier and much more fashionable.