- Homemade Plant Root Stimulator
- Homemade Cut Flower Preservative
- How to Make the Best Homemade Liquid Lawn Fertilizer
- How to Make a Homemade Fertilizer
- How to Use Eggshells for Plant Fertilizer
- Homemade Bug Spray for House Plants
- How to Make Homemade Plant Fertilizer
- Homemade Tomato Fertilizer
- Homemade Plant & Flower Food
- How to Make Insecticide
- Homemade Logging Winch
- Homemade Plant Stands
- Homemade Fertilizer for Trees
- Homemade Feed for Vegetable Plants
- How to Make Organic Insecticide
If you are getting ready to pot a few plants, or transplant some already established plants, you may want to use a root stimulator. This will encourage the roots to begin growing again after the shock of being moved. You do not need to spend money purchasing chemical root stimulants. You can make a homemade root stimulant out of willow branches and water.
Pour the water into a large pot and bring it to a boil.
Remove the pot from the heat and add as many cut willow branches as you can to the water. The branches should be one inch in size, and must remain under the water to do any good. You'll know you have enough when the branches begin to stick up above the water.
Set the pot aside until the water cools completely. You may want to give the pot a stir a few times while the water is still hot.
Take the willow branches out of the pot, and pour the water into a watering can.
Use the water to soak the soil around the roots of your plants as soon as you plant them.
Wash a vase with hot water and soap to prepare it for the flowers and the homemade preservative. Do not use an unwashed vase as this encourages the growth of bacteria that will shorten the lifespan of your blossoms.
Fill the vase with a quart of lukewarm water and then pour in 1 tsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. of household bleach and 2 tsp. of lemon or lime juice. This combination of ingredients fights bacteria, aids in the flower cell metabolism and ensures that the plants continue to absorb water.
Monitor the water level inside the vase and add more water with the preservative mixture when needed.
Pour your beer, ammonia, and liquid lawn fertilizer in a large bowl. Mix them together.
Add your dish detergent and your molasses. Stir the mixture one final time.
Transfer the homemade liquid lawn fertilizer to a hose end sprayer.
Attach your hose end sprayer to your garden hose. Spray your lawn with this homemade fertilizer.
Add a cup each of liquid lawn fertilizer, ammonia and dish soap into a large garden sprayer. Shake to mix.
Pour a can of cola into the sprayer, followed by a can of beer. Secure the top of the garden sprayer.
Spray your entire garden down well, making sure to evenly coat your plants and the soil around them.
Save your eggshells in a brown paper bag. The eggshells should be dry prior to crushing them. To dry them quickly, place them, in a shallow pan, in the oven. Turn the heat to its lowest setting and allow the eggshells to remain in the oven until they are beginning to turn brown.
Crush the eggshells with your hands and then place the pieces into the blender or a coffee grinder. Blend them to a fine powder.
Scatter the powdered eggshells around the base of plants that require calcium carbonate, such as turf grasses, lilacs and vegetable gardens. Scratch the powder into the soil and then water the plant.
Pour the water into your small bucket.
Add the horticultural oil. This creates a homemade insecticide that is capable of killing the bugs on your plants. The ingredients are all natural and will not harm children or pets inside of the home.
Drip in your neem oil. Neem oil is an all-natural insecticide. Adding a few drops will make your homemade insecticide more effective.
Mix the ingredients together. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture.
Place your warm water, Epsom salts and saltpeter (curing salt) in a small bucket. Stir until the salts have dissolved.
Add the baking powder and ammonia to the bucket of water. Stir the mixture one more time.
Pour the homemade plant fertilizer into a watering can. This will make it easier for you to pour the fertilizer in the soil of your plants.
Use the watering can to add the liquid fertilizer to your plant's soil. Then repeat these steps once every six weeks to keep the plant looking its best.
Dig the planting hole 4 inches deeper than necessary and place a fresh fish into the hole. Cover the fish with soil. This can also be done with chicken bones.
Line the bottom of the hole with human or animal hair before placing the plant inside.
Lay a piece of mesh netting over the ground to prevent animals from digging up the fertilizers.
Crush four to five eggshells for each tomato plant into a fine powder and sprinkle around the base of the plants after their first month in the ground.
Sprinkle coffee grounds around the base of the plants as the flowers are forming and again at the signs of the plant's first fruit.
Fill a clean 1-gallon container with water. Distilled water is ideal, as it does not contain any other chemicals. If you must use treated tap water, fill your jug the day before and allow it to sit overnight to dechlorinate water. This will not, however, eliminate fluoride in your water; only a reverse osmosis water filter can do that.
Add to your one gallon of water the following ingredients: 1 tsp. saltpeter 1 tsp. Epsom salts 1 tsp. baking powder 1/3 to 1/2 tsp. ammonia
Shake or mix the solution until all the dry ingredients have dissolved.
Apply your homemade plant and flower food to your plants, instead of regular water, every four to six weeks.
Chop the cloves of garlic finely and place them in the bowl followed by the onion, also chopped finely. Add one tablespoon each of cayenne pepper and the dish liquid, as well as a quart of warm water.
Stir the mix slowly without making suds with the dish liquid, but enough that it is thoroughly mixed. Leave the bowl to sit overnight.
Set the strainer over the measuring cup. Pour the mixture from the bowl into the strainer to allow only the liquid portion into the measuring cup. Discard the onion and garlic that gets caught in the strainer.
Transfer the liquid from the measuring cup to the spray bottle. Use masking tape and a permanent marker to label the bottle clearly so it won’t be used mistakenly.
Spray the mixture on the tops and undersides of dry leaves on a day when rain is not in the forecast. Use the spray as often as needed.
What is a Winch?
A winch is a simple mechanical device comprised of spool or drum and a crank. The spool is used to pull in or let out rope or wire cable. The crank drives the spool or drum by transferring energy from a power source into the spool. Cranks can be either driven by hand or an engine.
What is a Logging Winch?
A logging winch is a machine that allows loggers to carry away trees that had been recently chopped down. The logging winch makes logging firewood easier and less time consuming. Logging winches require power form a combustion engine to be able to carry away logs.
Homemade Logging Winch
A homemade logging winch can be constructed by attaching a winch to an already owned Lawn tractor. The winch can be attacked to the tractor's PTO part. The PTO allows the tractor to send power from the engine to an attached device.
Measure the spindle to the desired length and cut cleanly with the circular saw. Sand the wooden pieces smooth with sand paper. Dust off with a clean cloth to remove any debris. Feel the wood to find any rough spots or splinters and sand again, if needed. Dust off the wood particles.
Stain, varnish, or paint the wooden spindle and disks to the desired shade and allow to dry. Apply a second coat, if desired until the intended color is reached.
Spray the colored pieces of wood with polyurethane spray to protect the wood from water spills. Allow the wood to dry completely before continuing.
Pre-drill a hole in the center of both wooden disks. Fasten one disk to the top of the spindle with a wood screw. Countersink the screw into the wood to form a smooth surface on which to set the plant pot.
Attach the second disk to the bottom of the spindle to create the base of the plant stand. Countersink the wood screw so the plant stand sets firmly on the floor. Place the completed plant stand in the desired location and add the plant.
Mark your calendar for the end of April or the beginning of May. This is the best time to fertilize trees because they have their biggest growth spurt in the spring. The extra nutrients will be highly beneficial during this time.
Measure the drip line diameter of your tree—the distance from the trunk of the tree to the edge of the circle where water drips down from its leaves, times two. Round this number to the nearest foot, then multiply it by four, and that is how many pounds of fertilizer you'll need to make for your tree. For example, if you measured a drip line diameter of 2 feet, you would need 8 pounds of fertilizer (2 x 4).
Place your blood meal, steamed bone meal, wood ashes, and dolomitic limestone in the large bucket. Mix the ingredients together.
Put on a pair of gloves and sprinkle the fertilizer around the base of the tree out to the tree's drip line.
Rake the fertilizer into the soil. Water the area so that the fertilizer is taken even deeper into the soil.
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.
Pour 2 cups of vegetable or mineral oil into the blender.
Add ½ cup dishwashing liquid. Mix on the lowest speed to avoid producing excessive lather. Blend thoroughly.
Store the organic insecticidal concentrate in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot indefinitely.
Combine 1 tbsp. of concentrate with 1 qt. of water in a sprayer. Apply directly to any insects that you see. Coat all of the plant’s foliage and stems thoroughly.
Reapply as needed, particularly following rainfall.