DIY Fertilizer for Your Garden

Good gardeners do everything for their gardens. You select and position your plants with care, water them, maybe even talk to them, and of course, take plenty of pictures of them. You also feed and nourish them with the right kind of fertilizer, but that can become expensive! Fertilizer can also be a pain to purchase in stores. Check out these DIY fertilizer ideas from Whispering Springs Nursery.

  • Compost tea. Once your compost is fully finished, you can turn it into a tea-like mixture that your plants will love as much as you love real tea. Fill a five-gallon bucket about a third of the way with compost, and the rest of the way with water. After about three or four days of stirring as often as you can, strain it through cheesecloth or another fine strainer. Dilute the mixture until it looks like weak tea (about a 10:1 ratio of water to tea) and then use it on the soil.
  • Grass clippings are rich in nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus. Make sure that your grass hasn’t been treated with herbicides before you use it! The process of making grass fertilizer is similar to compost tea, except that you’ll fill the bucket about two-thirds of the way with grass, and you’ll dilute the tea with equal parts water before you use it.
  • Do you have a freshwater fish tank? Fertilizing is as easy as pouring the old water over your plants next time you clean the tank!

Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA is so much more than a nursery. We’re in the business of education and growth as much as selling plants, and we love to hear from you. Contact us or come down to visit us and let’s talk about your garden!

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