When it comes to gardening, chemical fertilizers can be a bad choice for both humans and the environment.
Luckily you have organic alternatives that are just as effective!
Here are 8 creative and easy ways to add nutrients in your soil naturally:
1. Banana Skins
Banana skins are not only delicious, but they can also be an excellent addition to your garden. The rich soil that is created when banana peels decompose will provide all the nutrients plants need!
Not only do these vitamins and minerals help feed fruit-bearing trees like apples or oranges; nut bearing crops such as almonds thrive in this fertile environment too.
Additionally, aphids have been known for fleeing from plant life touched by bananas – so you might want use those tasty bits as pest control agents instead of pesticides!
2. Egg Shells
Eggshells are a great way to increase your soil’s fertility because they’re rich in calcium, phosphorus and nitrogen.
Crush shells into the bottom of any holes you create for planting vegetables or flowers so that pests like snails can’t crawl inside it.
3. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is a great way to get your plants in tip top shape! Those that are magnesium-deficient or have other problems caused by soil deficiencies will benefit from this amazing substance.
It can either be sprinkled on the ground when planting seedlings, mixed with water. You’ll want plenty around so don’t forget about keeping extras stocked at all times!
4. Wood Ashes
Wood ashes are a great way to raise soil pH and they can either be scattered or composted.
They’re brimming with essential nutrients for plant growth, but make sure your soil isn’t already too alkaline before using it because this could damage or even kill any plants you have growing in pots on their already!
Fertilizing your garden with animal feces may sound sketchy, but it’s a great way to fertilize! Ideally you should compost the manure so that it won’t burn any plants.
Never use dog or cat poop as they can contain communicable diseases such as toxoplasmosis and roundworms, and you don’t want that on your plants!
6. Expired Animal Feed
Expired animal feed can be added to your compost for a nutrient boost, but don’t just throw in any old stale horse or chicken food.
It will release beneficial elements like protein which are great for plants! The same goes with expired dog food – they too provide nutrients and attract insects fungus/bacteria (and even more!).
Coffee grounds are a useful tool for the gardener.
They can be sprinkled over soil or added to your compost pile, and provide nutrients that plants need in order grow strong roots as well as robust stem growths.
Compost is an organic matter that turns into a nutrient-packed fertilizer. You can make your own compost from ingredients like apple cores, stale bread and vegetable peels or leaves and grass clippings to give plants what they need in order grow healthier!
Compost should not be confused with fertilizer. Compost enriches the soil, itself, while adding nutrients to your plants so they can grow better and flourish in perfect conditions!
To ensure that your plants receive the best care and survive in an environment with low quality soil, you must enrich it. Follow these DIY methods for easy ways to do just this!