Natural Ingredients to Fertilize Your Plants

July 16, 2019
Natural ingredients such as nettle slurry are traditional methods to nourish plants. They're a great way to avoid the use of chemical products.

Using natural ingredients to fertilize your plants is one of the best things you’ll ever do to keep them in good shape. This is particularly great if you grow some of your own food. You don’t have to use harsh chemical fertilizers ever again.

In today’s article, we’d like to give you a few gardening tips on how to use these natural ingredients as fertilizer for your plants. It’s a great way to avoid exposure to toxic chemical products and save money.

Fertilize Your Plants with Natural Ingredients

If you’d like to help decrease the use of toxic practices that badly impact the environment like chemical fertilizers, then continue reading.

Today, we’re going to show you how to make plant fertilizer at home using only natural ingredients that require minimum to no spending. You’ll soon notice how your crops get stronger and healthier.

A cup of tea and two bananas.
Bananas have minerals that can promote the growth and development of plants.

Banana Fertilizer

A whole banana, including its peel, is rich in potassium. This mineral is great at promoting blooming in plants. In addition, this mineral is readily absorbed by plants once you add it to the soil.

In addition, bananas also have a high content of phosphorus so banana peels also strengthen your plants and make the photosynthesis process more efficient. As you can see, it’s completely eco-friendly.

How to Make It

  • First, cube the banana peel and place it in a pot.
  • Next, add water to it – just enough to cover it.
  • Then, place it on the stove and boil for about 15 minutes.
  • Let it cool down and then strain it.
  • Dilute it with two more equal parts of water.
  • Finally, apply it to your plants.

In addition, you can also allow the banana peels to dry and then pulverize them to use as a powder fertilizer.

Nettle Slurry Made with All-Natural Ingredients

A slurry is a fermented bio-stimulant extract that boosts plant growth and strength and reinforces its natural defenses. Nettle slurry, in particular, adds a lot of nutrients to crops. It contributes all of the nitrogen that plants need for proper growth. Besides, it’s also great as fungicide and pesticide.

How to Make It

  • First, place about two pounds of nettles in a container. Don’t include the roots.
  • Then, cut it in small pieces and let it steep for a couple of hours in about three gallons of non-chlorinated water.
  • Finally, strain the water and add it to your plants.

You might like to read: How to Use Nettle and Maximize Its Power

Used Coffee

Spent coffee grains are natural ingredients.
Spent coffee is a great natural fertilizer.

Save your spent coffee after making a cup or a pot. Did you know that you can use it to fertilize your plants?

In fact, used coffee grounds are an ideal natural fertilizer for plants that require acidic soils, such as blueberries.

How to Make It

  • First, place about 6 cups of spent coffee in a bucket with at least 5 gallons of water.
  • Then, let it steep for two or three days.
  • Finally, place the preparation around the roots of your plants.

You can also apply a small amount of coffee residue to the roots of your plants. However, be careful not to overdo it, as soil that’s too acidic could be harmful to your plants

Read also: 10 Alternative Uses of Coffee that You Didn’t Know About

Eggshells

Eggshells are ideal to naturally fertilize crops such as peppers and tomatoes. Also, they keep them from rotting.

The high calcium content of eggshells is perfect for pretty much any fruit plant.

Preparation

  • First, allow the shells to dry entirely.
  • Then, grind them into powder.
  • Finally, apply the powder to the soil around the plants.

Wood Ash

A bunch of charred paper.
Wood ashes are also great as plant food. However, they must be from untreated wood and without chemicals. As an added benefit, they’ll keep pests at bay.

The use of wood ash as an all-natural fertilizer promotes maturity in plants, especially fruit trees. It’s also a great pesticide. However, it’s not recommended for increasing the pH of the soil.

Furthermore, keep in mind that you have to select ash from untreated, quality wood. Make sure it doesn’t contain heavy materials, chemicals or varnishes.

How to Make It

  • In this case, you simply have to dilute the ash in your irrigation system and apply it.
  • In addition, you can also place a small layer of ash around the stems (without touching them) and bury them in the ground.

Applying some of these natural fertilizers will help you avoid the use of chemical products, which are highly toxic and dangerous in many other ways. Not only that, but they’re often absorbed by the crops.

Help contribute to the wellbeing of our environment in a highly sustainable way!