Natural Plant Fertilizers

Just like us, our plants cannot live on water alone. We try to eat healthy, and so should our plants! Before you reach for a day-glo box of crystal synthetic powdered plant food at your local store, give some natural alternatives a try. You can make own balanced fertilizer to take care of your green friends. Follow this simple recipe for some outstanding results.

For potted plants, you'll need:

  • 1 Teaspoon Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup of organic dried worm castings, easily picked up from your local natural garden center. Or, substitute a handful of the rich humus at the bottom of your own compost pile!
  • A 5 gallon bucket.
  • A couple of drops of Natural Dish Soap (this makes it slippery, so it penetrates into your potting mix and gets to those roots) 

Combine the ingredients at the bottom of your bucket, and cover with about 7 inches of water. Leave this in a sunny spot for a full day. After the "brew" has steeped in the sun, fill the bucket and give it a good stir.

You can use this fertilizer every time you water for the best results. It's most effective when used fresh, but storing it for a day or two in a cool place is also recommended.

Sound like too much work? Well, if you have a fish tank, you can use the water from your regular cleanings as a wonderfully nutrient rich plant fertilizer. All that fish poop finally comes in handy!