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Let’s Talk Compost and Fertilizer

You don’t have to spend money on expensive fertilizer and compost for all your yard and garden plants. Use simple recipes to make your own. Not only will you save on lawn expenses, you’ll be able to brag that you’ve taken up green living. The simple secret is this: making fertilizer is really just like mixing up a cake. This is one way I saw online that you can follow:
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Simple Fertilizer from Recycled Scraps

Turn kitchen trash into garden nourishment with a simple fertilizer recipe. Stop throwing away your scraps, and start putting them in your yard.

Ingredients:

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 4 cups of soil
  • Small yard scraps
  • Kitchen and yard scraps
  • Water

Make a base fertilizer, and add specific scraps to it to tailor it to your yard’s needs. First, place up to 4 cups of soil in the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket.

Add a layer of yard scraps, small twigs and grass clippings, on top of the soil. Pour ½-gallon of water inside. The water will help the materials inside break down and decompose, which they must do in order to become usable fertilizer.

Cover the bucket and place it outside. Add the rest of your ingredients depending on what you need to give your garden and lawn.

For Roses and Vegetables

Customize your fertilizer for rose and vegetable gardens. Start with the base fertilizer and add the right scraps to create a nutrient-rich blend.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Banana peels
  • 3 cups Coffee grounds
  • 1-12 egg shells
  • 3 gallons water

Add 2 banana peels to the fertilizer base; you do not need to cut the peels into pieces or alter them in any way. Add up to 3 cups of used coffee grounds to the blend. Add shells from up to 1 dozen eggs to complete the mixture. Eggshells must be washed and crushed before being placed into the fertilizer mixture.

Pour in your water and stir the mixture well. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 3 days before applying the fertilizer to your garden. Bananas are rich in potassium that creates bigger, prettier rose blossoms. The acidity in coffee grounds nourishes tomatoes and other garden plants. Eggshells are mostly calcium carbonate that enriches soil.

For an Anti-Fungal Fertilizer

Add different ingredients to your base fertilizer to create an anti-fungal blend. Anti-fungal fertilizers work as a natural fungicide to kill bacteria, molds and fungus.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1-3 tablespoons molasses
  • 4 gallons water

Add 1 cup of cornmeal to your fertilizer base. Pour in 1 to 3 tablespoons of molasses. Add 4 gallons of water, and stir the blend. Allow it to soak for at least 12 hours before you drain the mixture. The thick fertilizer you have left will nourish plants and kill fungus.

For Compost Tea

Make your own compost tea using a large trash can and a burlap bag. Save your compost, and allow it to age for several weeks before using it as the base of your compost tea.

Ingredients:

  • Burlap sack/laundry bag
  • Trash can
  • 2 shovels aged compost
  • Water

Place 2 shovels of aged compost into the bottom of a burlap sack or laundry bag. Put this into the bottom of a large trash can, and pour 5 gallons of water inside. Cover and leave the trashcan undisturbed for 7 to 10 days to allow the tea to brew.

Remove the bag and fill the trash can with water until the mixture turns tea-colored. Water your plants with this nutrient-rich compost tea whenever they look a little limp. Compost tea can also be used as a fungicide when sprayed directly on affected foliage.

 

Feature image from: Coastal Connections

 

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18 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Compost and Fertilizer

  1. I love that you made this post. Every time I read your newest post, I realize how much our interests match 😀 I love making compost and natural fertilizers, but now I live in an apartment. At first I kept doing compost (totally doable, free of odor or anything gross) but I didn’t get much sunlight. I don’t feel like torturing more plants (some die, others grow long stems and clearly struggle to get as much light as possible) so I stopped propagating plants and doing my own compost and fertilizers. But those recipes you gave are great! I have made the rose recipe and they do grow strong and flower a lot. Broken egg shells can also help as a mechanical barrier against slugs 😀

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    1. I wrote a thesis in college about the mentally ill. Your comment….about the sunlight and struggle for light, was my illustration. Boy did you bring me back, my brain is flooding with memories, thank you.
      I agree with you. I love speaking with people who have the same interests! I would love to see some of your ideas Alicia. I did write a post about gardening for renters in small places. It is here: https://kelleysdiy.com/2017/06/15/gardening-ideas-for-renters/ if you haven’t read it. It may give you ideas!

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      1. Interesting 😀 I hope they were all good memories, hehe. Thank you Kelley! I’ll check the link. I just asked for a review copy about kokedama so, I will be making some and take the opportunity to show you pictures of my plants and some creative solutions I came up with when trying to grow a garden indoors 😀

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      2. I will take pics of them for sure 😀 although, they are not only bonsai, they can be normal plants as well (even grown up trees), only thing is that they are suspended on the air and the roots are contained in a ball of soil and moss. I’m just waiting for sunnier days to start experimenting with it 😀

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  2. We’ve composted for years but likely never properly like this post outlines. But our composting efforts seem to work 🙂 We just throw all the bits in a bin that we rotate and we stop composting in late October to let it “cook” through the Winter into the Spring.

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  3. I love composting, I love how it turns poor soil into nutrient rich soil. I love working in the dirt and I have worked so hard with the soil here it is pure hard red clay yuk so hard to work with. I love your quick recipes, I’m going to start mine in the AM. I buy worms and add to a new compost and when I use the compost the worms go right in with the compost, they must love it because my flower beds are full of worms, that continue to help the soil. I have to admit the first time I opened the container of worms to dump them I got a little quezzie, haha. Great post, can’t wait to tr some of these.

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      1. Well, I think that Trona is probably one of those places that you do not want to go; although I happen to be considering buying a winter home there.

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    1. You will love the taste and texture of the veggies you grow. Start with garlic cloves. Just bury a clove 3-4 inches, fat side down, and in 5 days you will see sprouts. The garlic, when grown, will be the most flavorful garlic you have tasted. Easy for beginner. If you have roses, plant garlic around them, to keep bugs away!

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