How to make homemade fertilizer

How to Make Homemade Fertilizer

You have your beautiful plants inside your home, they have enough water, sun and light.  There is something else they also need just like us humans – vitamins in the form of fertilizer.

There are many different varieties of fertilizer you can purchase at your local nursery. There are also amazing ways you can feed your plants what they need with things around your home.  How to make homemade fertilizer sounds like a strange topic, but it is easy, it works and you are recycling waste. Great for the environment!

What is fertilizer?

Fertilizer is a product (chemical or natural)  that contains vitamins and minerals that plants need to grow healthy and strong. The main objective of fertilizer is to increase the plant’s fertility. Just like we need vitamins to help our eyesight, make us strong and fight infections. Fertilizer for plants is much the same.

Below are some tips and tricks you can do at home to improve the health of your plants.

Grass Cuttings

It makes sense that freshly cut grass contains many nutrients already absorbed from the natural world around them.  Using the freshly cut grass to make fertilizer, just seems obvious…but not something one thinks about.

Next time you cut your lawn, take some of the cut grass and add it to water.  Let it marinate for a few days.  Remove the grass and pour the fertilized water on your plants. Presto, easy peasy nutrients going straight from your cut grass into your plants.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee. Just about everybody loves coffee, therefore there are bound to be plenty of grounds leftover.  Instead of chucking away your used coffee grounds, add them to water. About 1 part coffee to 5 parts water. No need to sit and wait…just get pouring on your plants. Alternatively depending on the plant, you can pop the grounds straight onto the soil. Then add your water afterwards.  This is especially great for your acid loving plants as coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen.

Need some guidance on how best to fertilize your plants? Or perhaps you need some new plants?  Come and visit us at Stanler Farms Nursery in Durbanville. 

With onsight horticulturalists, we can definitely help you with your fertilizer needs.