Organic Homemade Fertilizer

Overview

Fertilizers are used to give soil extra nutrients that help vegetation thrive and grow to a healthier state than they would in regular soil. When it comes to fertilizer, you have many options available for purchase in a home improvement or garden center. Many of these fertilizers will actually contain chemicals that you may not want to use on your plants. Instead, make your own organic fertilizer at home.

Step 1

Pour your water and beer in a small bucket, and mix the two ingredients together. The yeast and enzymes in the beer cause increased microbial activity in the soil.

Step 2

Add your Epsom salts and stir until the salts have dissolved. Epsoms salts aerate the ground naturally so that the most nutrients can be absorbed.

Step 3

Pour in the ammonia, and give the organic fertilizer one last stir. The ammonia is useful because it breaks down the nitrates in the soil.

Step 4

Pour the organic fertilizer in a garden sprayer. The garden sprayer will allow you to apply the fertilizer to a large area much more efficiently.

Step 5

Spray over the area you want to fertilize. The fertilizer will cover 600 square feet of space. The goal is to wet the soil as if you were normally watering it, but not leave the soil completely soaked.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear a mask when adding the ammonia to the fertilizer if the odor is too strong.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 cup of ammonia
  • Small bucket
  • Garden sprayer

References

  • Online Tips: Homemade Lawn Fertilizer Recipes
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