I want to share a secret with you so you can get amazing harvests in your garden too. I’m going to tell you how you can make your own liquid fertilizer using things you might already have in your garden.
Getting amazing harvests is part luck and part science. You need to understand your land to be able to get the best from it but it doesn’t hurt to give it an extra boost throughout the growing season.
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I was concerned about the poor performance of the garden this year, especially with the poor soil structure, lack of rain and the extremely long, hot summer we’ve had. The garden was showing signs of an early autumn so I began experimenting with fertilizer recipes by using stuff I had in the garden already to give the plants a nutrient boost they desperately needed to help give another crop before the fall really sets in and don’t get me started on how terrible the lawn is looking.
I’m super thrifty as of late (got student loans to pay back in ol’ Blighty this month) so I didn’t want to spend any money on buying an organic fertilizer from the store and I had made liquid fertilizers before but had a lot of trouble with mosquitoes in doing so.
I improved the technique for making the fertilizers and shared them in an article for Mother Earth News all about how to make natural organic fertilizers at home.
You can read the article here: Make Your Own Natural Liquid Fertilizers
The article is a two part series with recipes for making liquid fertilizer from manure, seaweed, herbs and weeds! I’m big on sourcing things locally where possible and being a self sustaining urban homestead so making my own organic liquid fertilizer using manure from the chickens and weeds seemed to be a logical step in maintaining the holistic environment I am creating in my backyard.
Since you are my readers I’ll give you an extra recipe for making a liquid fertilizer at home:
- 1 bucket full of cut grass
- Fill a lidded bucket with cut grass and add water.
- Cover the bucket with the lid and leave for 2-4 weeks.
- Strain the liquid from the sludgy grass in the bucket into another container such as old jars.
- Use about 1/2 cup in a 2 gallon watering can to feed your garden.
- 2 weeks in summer should be sufficient to turn the grass into a suitable feed, it will take longer in cooler temperatures.
- Addition of rockdust can help add other trace elements to the fertilizer.
- Check the containers periodically by opening them up to release any gasses which may form.
- If you don't want to strain the liquid, don't use the rose head on the watering can as it will clog up.
Give homemade liquid fertilizers a try in your garden or urban homestead and see how your garden grows.
If you don’t have time to make the fertilizers or access to some of the ingredients take a look below for compost, ready-made fertilizer teabags and herbs you can try:
If you have any fertilizer tips or recipes please share them in the comments or at the Misfit Gardening Community Forum, we would love you hear your ideas and suggestions. We would also love to hear about how your garden grows with the natural fertilizers and what benefits you saw.