Homemade Food for Garden Vegetables


Vegetable gardens need to be fertilized before planting to keep the soil from being sapped of nutrients. A homemade plant food allows the plants in your garden to produce strong, healthy vegetables. Simply spread a layer of it on top of the prepared garden bed, along with a thin layer of manure, and mix it into the soil with a hand tiller. The standard measurement for this type of plant food is 4 to 6 qts. of fertilizer mix for every 100 square feet of garden plot. All of the ingredients are available at your local gardening center.

Step 1

Wash and dry a large container with a lid. You'll use this container both for mixing and storing the homemade vegetable food.

Step 2

Pour 4 parts seed meal, 1/4 part agricultural lime, 1/2 part dolomitic lime and 1/4 part gypsum into the container. Add 1 part kelp meal and 1 part bone meal to the mixture.

Step 3

Mix the homemade vegetable garden food thoroughly, evenly dispersing the ingredients throughout the mixture.

Step 4

Snap the lid onto the container and store the plant food in a cool, dry spot until it's time to apply it to your garden plot.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bin with an airtight lid
  • Seed meal
  • Agricultural lime
  • Dolomitic lime
  • Gypsum
  • Kelp meal
  • Bone meal


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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a Bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.