Did you know that there are simple ways to make your homemade natural fertilizers instead of purchasing chemical ones all the time? Here are numerous great homemade fertilizers for you to try:
[NOTE: Do not use these for your EcoQube Air. These are for putting fertilizer in the soil. Only put hydroponically grown plants in the EcoQube AIR. Soil will damage and destroy your pump.]
Coffee Ground Fertilizer
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Coffee grounds are rich in magnesium, nitrogen, and potassium. These are the important plant nutrients. They help in maintaining the acidity of the soil.
- Used coffee grounds
- A cookie Sheet
- Line a cookie sheet with newspaper.
- Spread your used coffee grounds out on the sheet, and allow them to dry completely.
- Sprinkle the grounds around the base of your acid-loving plants.
Epsom Salt Fertilizer
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Epsom salt is made up of sulfate and magnesium. These are some of the vital plant nutrients. Some magnesium-loving plants you can try it on include roses, houseplants, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.
- 1-gallon water
- 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt
- A watering can
- Mix the Epsom salt together with the water.
- Water your plants using the solution.
- Repeat once a month.
NOTE: Be careful not to overdo it in regards to the grounds. Even acid-loving plants can end up getting too much acid.
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The acetic acid in vinegar helps in increasing the acidity of the soil. This is just the thing for acid-loving plants.
- 1-gallon water
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
- A watering can
- Combine the white vinegar and water.
- Use the solution to water your plants.
- Repeat every three months.
Egg Shell Fertilizer
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Eggs shells consist almost entirely of calcium carbonate. This is the main nutrient in agricultural lime.
- A blender
- Egg Shells
- Save your eggs shells, and allow them to air dry.
- Place the dried shells in the blender, and pulse until they're powdery-fine.
- Sprinkle in your garden
Fireplace Ash Fertilizer
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Fireplace ash is rich in calcium carbonate and potassium.
- Fireplace ash
- Sprinkle your fireplace ash over your garden beds, and work into the soil.
Note: if the soil is alkaline, do not use Fireplace ash. Only use it around acid-loving plants.
Fish Tank Water Fertilizer
Used fish tank water is full of nitrogen and other nutrients which are needed by the plants to thrive.
- Used fish tank water
- Keep the dirty water from your fish tank.
- Use it to water your plants.
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Compost is loaded with microorganisms and nutrients which are good for your garden.
- Kitchen and garden scraps
- Save your vegetable and fruit scraps, grass clippings, newspapers, and other compostable materials.
- Add a bit of water to it from time to time, and turn the pile to serve as a means of speeding up the composting process.
- When everything has broken down into a dark, rich soil, sprinkle it in your garden, and enjoy the results.
We hope these tips are helpful in your gardening endeavors and save you a bundle of money! Leave a comment in the thread below if you have tried any of these methods for your garden.