Homemade Organic Potato Fertilizer


Potatoes are a little harder to grow than some other vegetables. They need extra nutrients, which they can get through fertilizers. One organic fertilizer you can make at home is called compost tea. Compost tea is made from aged manure and is full of the nutrients potato plants need to thrive and produce a decent crop.

Step 1

Pour three gallons of hot water into a five-gallon bucket.

Step 2

Shovel your aged manure into the burlap bag. Aged manure is manure that is at least six months old. You can make it yourself by placing the manure in a barrel out in the sun, and let it sit for six months. You can also buy aged manure from garden or farm centers.

Step 3

Lower the burlap bag slowly into the hot water.

Step 4

Set the bucket out in the sun and let it sit for seven days.

Step 5

Remove the burlap bag from the bucket and pour the compost tea in the soil where you plan to grow the potatoes. You can then plant your tomatoes if you haven't done so already.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep an eye out for potato scab. You will recognize it easily as it looks like scabs have formed on the outside of the potato.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 3 gallons hot water
  • 5 qts. aged manure
  • Burlap bag


  • Ohio State University: Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden
  • Garden Grape Vine: Manure Tea
Keywords: organic fertilizer, potato fertilizer, compost tea

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