If you’re a proficient gardener, there’s a good chance that you fully embrace the “do-it-yourself” lifestyle. Growing your own food allows you to live off the grid. So, why would you rely on store-bought fertilizer to maintain your garden when you could handle the fertilizing yourself? Here are some common household items that you can use to fertilize your garden.
If you’re an avid tea drinker, don’t just toss your bags when you’re done. Instead, cut the bags open and save the tea grounds. Dry them out and then sprinkle them on your garden. Tea grounds make especially great fertilizer for tomato plants.
Just like tea, coffee makes a great fertilizer for home gardens. Dried coffee grounds contain high amounts of nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium. All of these nutrients will help feed your garden and keep it producing all year. One thing to remember about coffee grounds, though, is that it will affect the acidity of the soil. If you have plants that are sensitive to pH changes, you may want to think twice about using coffee.
Eggs shells will help introduce some much-needed calcium into your soil. Save your eggshells after you eat breakfast and allow them to dry out completely. Then, break up the shells into smaller pieces and throw them in with your tomato plants. Tomatoes require more calcium than any other vegetable so you should see some serious results.
Save your scraps after cooking fish for dinner and bury them in the soil of your garden to introduce much-needed nutrients. If you have an aquarium and change your water, don’t just dump it down your drain. Water your plants with it.
If you have a fireplace or a wood stove, save your ashes and add them to your garden. It’s a great source of potassium and calcium. However, just like coffee, ash will raise the pH level of your soil, so if your dirt is alkaline based, you’re better off skipping this particular item.
Finally, adding banana peels to your garden will add some much-needed potassium to your plants. They also work great at keeping bugs and other pests out of your garden.