These 12 Natural Garden Fertilizers Won't Break The Bank And Your Garden Will Flourish

Jun 06, 2018 by apost team

When you are trying to prepare your lawn and garden for the springtime months, you might be tempted to go to your local department store and purchase fertilizer to help your grass and plants grow. While this might be the easiest option off of the top of your head, trying a few DIY fertilizers is worth it to save money and not use as many chemicals on the plants. Some of these DIY fertilizers will have your neighbors envying your yard and asking what your secret to growth is! 

1. Recycled Water From Cooking 

If you are cooking vegetables for dinner, hold onto the boiling water you used to get your broccoli tasting delicious. Instead of pouring the excess water down the drain, it can actually help your plants to thrive. Let the water cool to room temperature and then pour it on your garden.

2. Compost 

If you are wanting your garden to be successful, you need to make a compost for your yard so you can keep your food scraps, old tea bags, grass, and any other compost material in to help nurture the soil and plants you are growing. 

3. Clippings Of Grass 

Nitrogen is a great nutrient for your garden, but it might not be the easiest thing to purchase at the store. Next time you are mowing your lawn, pick up your grass clippings and put them in your garden to help the soil thrive. The best way to do this is by having them soak in water in a bucket for a day will help the nutrients. You will mix 10 cups of water to one cup of your liquid grass mixture. Put it in a spray bottle, spritz your plants, and watch them grow! 

4. Eggshells 

For a boost of calcium, place crushed up eggshells all around your garden. 

5. Coffee Grounds 

Coffee grounds are great for keeping bugs and other pests away, but it is also a great way to keep the soil healthy. Due to the high levels of acid in coffee, the pH levels of your soil will be balanced better with the presence of the ground up coffee. Having too much will block air and water flow to the roots, so only sprinkle a tiny amount. 

6. Wood Ash 

Untreated and unstained wood ash from a fire place or fire pit will help your plants to grow as well. With potassium and magnesium, this is a great way to add a boost of nutrients to your garden without breaking the bank in the process. 

7. Banana Peel 

Next time you eat a banana, hold on to the peel, chop it into small pieces, and sprinkle it around your plants. Recycling fruit peels will help provide natural nutrients for your garden. 

8. Vinegar 

You don't want to use too much, because it will damage the plants, but putting a tablespoon of white vinegar with a gallon of water will make a great natural fertilizer. 

9. Water From The Fish Tank 

When it comes time to clean out the fish tank, consider pouring this nutrient-full water into the garden instead of down the drain. Fish manure floating around in the tank has nitrogen and other nutrients that are great for the plants.

10. Seaweed 

Seaweed from oceans, lakes or beaches are very healthy to place around the garden. If you live by the ocean, pick up as much seaweed washed on the shore as possible to help your garden grow. 

11. Dry Pet Food 

This doesn't do much while it is in full hard form, but once it rains or your plants are watered, the pieces of food will break down and the plants will grow.

12. Urine 

Yes, you read that right. If you or your child are not on medications or sick, feel free to let nature run through you, literally, and mix your urine with water and spray it on your plants.

Help out your friends and spread the word about these amazing budget fertilizers so their gardens can blossom this summer!