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50 WAYS TO FERTILIZE THE GARDEN FOR FREE

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FOOD

banana peels (chopped and planted at the bottom)

beer

carrot peels

citrus rinds

coffee

coffee grounds (consider checking local coffee shop for their extras and I heard Starbucks has a policy to give used coffee grounds to anyone who asks!)

corn meal (soak 1 cup per 5 gallons of water, strained)

egg shells

energy drinks (perfect use when they come in game day snacks!)

Epsom salt (diluted 1 Tbsp per gallon of water)

gelatin

green tea

molasses (diluted 1-3 tbsp per gallon of water)

onion peels

peanut shells

potato peels

pulp from juicing fruits & veggies

sugar

tea

tea bags

  • To Make Food Mulch:  Add 1 Tbsp of finely ground item and work into the soil around the plant.  Repeat weekly.
  • To Make Food Tea:  Add food to a large container and fill with water.  Allow to steep for several days, to several weeks.  Dilute 1 cup tea to 1 gallon of water.
  • To Make Powdered Food Fertilizer:  Allow food item to thoroughly dry.  Process in a blender until it is a fine powder and sprinkle around the base of each plant.

PLANTS

alfalfa

alfalfa meal

brow leaves

burdock

chickweed

clover

crimson clover

comfrey (line either the bottom of planting holes, or chop leaves and add as mulch)

dandelion

dollar weed

grass clippings

green manure (mostly wheat, oats, rye, vetch, clover, peas, buckwheat and broad beans)

horsetail

kelp meal

leaves

nettle

newspaper

oat straw

saw dust (from untreated wood)

seaweed

water weeds

wood ash (from untreated wood)

yellow dock

  • To Make Plant Tea:  Fill a container with plants and top with water.  Cover and allow to site for 24 hours to three weeks.  Dilute 1 part plant tea to 10 parts water.
  • To Make Green Manure (i.e. plants that fertilize plants):  Start plants in the fall and allow to grow.  Before blooms appear, till back into the ground.

ANIMALS

aquarium water

blood meal (dried animal blood)

bone meal  (ground bones)

fish guts, bones and head

manure from non-meat eating animals

shrimp shells

worm castings

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