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Homemade Feed for Vegetable Plants

By Amma Marfo ; Updated September 21, 2017
Grow bigger vegetables with homemade feed.

Feeding your plants helps add vital nutrients to the soil, which results in larger and more beautiful plants. Feeding vegetables has an added benefit of making your plants more productive, therefore making your harvest more successful. You can make homemade feed for vegetable plants with readily-available ingredients.

Fill your watering can with a gallon of tepid water as close to room temperature as possible. If working outdoors with only a cold water faucet available, be sure to set your water aside to warm for three to four hours so you don't shock your vegetable plants' roots.

Add the baking powder, ammonia, Epsom salts and table salt to the room-temperature water and mix well with a long wooden spoon. As you mix the ingredients together, be sure to dissolve the salt fully so it doesn’t sit at the bottom of the watering can.

Water your vegetables as needed by pouring the feed around the base of your plants without wetting the stems or foliage. Discard any unused mix rather than storing it, or use it on houseplants.

Mix more feed solution as needed depending on the number of plants you want to treat. Feed your vegetables as often as once a month, whether your plants are potted or in ground.


Things You Will Need

  • Gallon size watering can
  • Water
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. household ammonia
  • 1 tbsp. Epsom salts
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • Long wooden spoon


  • If you have a lot of vegetable plants to water, then consider mixing a five gallon quantity in a large bucket. Just be sure to stir the solution well so the water is an equal strength solution throughout.
  • Other options for homemade feed include using compost as a mulch around the base of your vegetable plants, or saving the cooled water from hard boiled eggs to water your plants.