Garden season is fast approaching and there are many things that need to be done before it is time to plant all those wonderful seedlings and plants in the ground. There are many simple fertilizers that can be used and they are free or cost very little money. Stop purchasing the expensive fertilizer and start making your own.
First we need to talk about nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and what they do for your garden.
Nitrogen promotes leaf and plant growth.
Phosphorous stimulates root growth.
Potassium promotes flower and fruit development.
Fertilizer #1. Wood Ash. Apply straight to the garden. Till in around 5 pounds to every 100 square feet. Wood ash adds calcium and potassium. Great for root growth, seed and fruit formation.
Fertilizer #2. Egg Shells. Loaded with calcium. Crumble the eggshells and drop in the bottom of your planting hole. Dig them into the soil around the base of your tomato plants. Stops slugs from getting to your plants. Calcium deficiency will cause blossom rot in your tomatoes.
Fertilizer #3. Gelatin. Gelatin is a great source of nitrogen. Dissolve one package of gelatin in 1 cup of hot water. Add 3 cups cold water and mix. Pour directly on the soil around plants once a month. Perfect for houseplants.
Fertilizer #4. Fish Fertilizer. Take the leftover fish heads and insides from the fish you have cleaned, or I go down to our local fish market and get a bucket full of fish parts. Mix 1 part fish to 2 parts water. I use an old 5 gallon bucket. Place in an airtight container and set in a sunny spot. Stir every 2 to 3 days. Yes it will smell horrible. Let steep for 2 weeks. Spread 3 gallons to every 100 square feet. Great source of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and amino acids.
Fertilizer #5 Powdered Milk. Powdered milk provides calcium to your soil. Just sprinkle the powdered milk into sold before planting.
Fertilizer #6. Epsom Salts. Combine 1 Tablespoon epsom salt to 1 gallon of water. Spray your plants. Full of magnesium with helps with plant growth. Roses, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and houseplants benefit from epsom salt.