When I was growing up we always had several gardens going. Flower, ginseng, and various produce gardens. Now that I have a family of my own I decided to have a garden… or six. (eight if you count the raised garden and greenhouse) I think it is safe to say that I love to play in the dirt and watch my garden grow. To me gardening is one of the most rewarding things that you can do with your time, right after your relationship with God, being a parent and spending time with family. To watch your plants grow can be stress relieving and a great learning experience. Not to mention I love preparing meals that I grew all of the produce myself because I know what is put into it during the growing process and I know what is going in my family’s bellies. GMOs are EVERYWHERE these days! I try to avoid them as much as possible without driving myself completely crazy. Gardening has been the easiest way to ease my mind on what is going into our bodies.
As I started gardening on my own a few years back. I decided that I would be as organic as possible. Again, without making myself go crazy. I always say “If you’re gonna do it, do it right…” When you have a garden you are going to have to fertilize it at some point. After doing my own research plus some trial and error. I have put together a list of 5 things that you can fertilize you garden with. Grow lush, healthy plants and not have to worry about added nasty chemicals.
1. Epsom salt- You need to get Epsom salt! When I buy it I buy in bulk because we use Epsom salt in several different areas at our home. It is high in nutrients such as magnesium that veggie plants love. Especially tomatoes and peppers! Another great thing about Epsom salt is it’s cheap! The way I use Epsom salt around my plants is I sprinkle near my plants and water. Repeat up to 2 times a week if needed. I personally use it once every week-week and a half. If you do it too much it may end up burning your plants. Especially those plants in containers.
2. Egg shells– After breakfast don’t throw out those egg shells! Crush them and sprinkle around your plants for an extra calcium boost.
3. Potato water- Mashed taters for dinner? Don’t dump the water down the drain! Keep it, let it cool and water your plants with it. Potatoes are full of starches and nutrients that your plants love and need to grow. I use this trick especially in the cooler months to put a little extra in my soil for spring planting.
4. Banana Peels- Bananas are high in potassium as well as their peel. Their peel just isn’t as yummy. You can take a banana peel and bury in your soil near your plants. I tear the banana peel in sections to make it go further.
5. Coffee Grounds- Take your coffee grounds and sprinkle around in your soil around your plants. Tomatoes love coffee grounds because of how rich in nitrogen it is. Tomatoes thrive off of nitrogen as well as many other plants.
After you start using these 5 things in your garden you will start to notice a big deference in your plants! Your plants will grow healthier, bigger, with vibrant colors and you will get a better harvest as well! Say good-bye to Miracle Grow and chemicals and say hello to a more cost efficient and healthier way to fertilize your plants!