I think we can all agree that gardening is hard work! Whether you’re growing a vegetable garden or tending to your flower pots, maintaining your precious plants is a pretty demanding part-time job. After all that hard work, it can be frustrating when your plants aren’t quite as big or beautiful as you’d like them to be!
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The right plant fertilizer can help give your plants a much-needed boost, but store-bought fertilizers can be expensive. So how do your feed your plants without emptying your wallet? The answer is actually pretty simple – make your own plant fertilizer at home!
Today I’ll be sharing a homemade plant fertilizer that’s easy to make and extremely inexpensive. In fact, the ingredients are common enough that you might already have them in your kitchen cupboards!
How It Works
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this fertilizer. First is epsom salt, which is a great source of magnesium for plants. Magnesium is crucial for photosynthesis, and it also helps plants to absorb other important minerals. The second ingredient is baking soda, which acts as a natural fungicide to help protect plants from lethal diseases. The final ingredient in this recipe is household ammonia. It may seem counterintuitive to put ammonia on your plants, but ammonia is actually a great source of nitrogen. Nitrogen is essential for lush, leafy growth for your plants.
These 3 ingredients are very inexpensive to buy, and you only need a dash of each to make your homemade plant fertilizer. You can feed your plants for just a few cents worth of materials – it really is a no-brainer for any gardener. Here’s how to make it at home!
Homemade Plant Fertilizer
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 Tbsp epsom salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp household ammonia
- Large bowl or container
- Watering can
Start by heating about 1/2 cup of water in your microwave or on your stovetop. Add the epsom salt and baking soda to the hot water, and stir until dissolved.
Next, pour the dissolved epsom salt and baking soda into a large bowl or container. Then pour the rest of the water (at room temperature) into the container, along with the ammonia.
Finally, pour the mixture into your watering can, and use it to water your flowers and plants. Repeat the process once per month to keep your plants happy and well-fed!