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Organic Fertilizers

rotten applesThe use of organic fertilizers is known since ancient times when there weren’t chemical companies that produced the industrial fertilizers we know today. Going back to organic fertilizers, means going back to the days when food was healthy and natural; all the diseases caused by the chemicals we put into our bodies did not exist so it is necessary to decrease the dependence we have on artificial chemical fertilizers; especially if we have a vegetable garden from where we eat the vegetables.

Organic fertilizers are plant and animal waste that we can fertilize the garden with. Plants obtain significant amounts of nutrients from them and the soil gets enriched with organic carbon which improves its physical, chemical and biological characteristics.
There are many methods for the preparation of such fertilizers with things we have on hand at home. You can take advantage of any kind of organic material to prepare fertilizer that you can feed your houseplants, orchard or garden.
Among the materials that can be used to produce organic fertilizers are kitchen waste, plant clippings, ashes from the fireplace, the water in which vegetables or eggs are boiled, the rinsing water from milk containers, the water from cleaning the fish tank, etc. Moreover, if you live in the country, you can have a compost tower, earthworms to produce humus, chicken, pig, horse or livestock manure, etc. These materials must go through a period of decay and fermentation depending on the type of fertilizer; this process occurs naturally by the action of water, air, sunlight and microorganisms.
With organic fertilizers you will increase the ability of soil to absorb various nutrients. They increase water retention in the soil as well, so water is better absorbed when you water your plants and they retain moisture longer too. They enhance aeration and oxygenation so there is more root and aerobic microorganism activity. Organic fertilizers constitute a good source of energy for these microonranismos so they multiply rapidly.
Follow the useful tips that you'll find on these pages and your plants will be healthier, greener and happier.

  • When you boil eggs, don’t throw away the water. Let it cool, and water your plants with it. The minerals left in the water by the eggs, will nurture your plants.
  • Eggs shells are a good fertilizer for your plants. Place them in the blender or crush them and mix them with the plant’s soil.
  • Coffee grind residue is great fertilizer for your plants.
  • Water your plants with the water where you have cooked your vegetables.
  • Water your plants with the water where you have washed your meat.
  • Water your plants with the water where you boil your potatoes.
  • Use potato skins to fertilize for your plants. Cut them in little pieces and place them into the soil around the plant.
  • When you cook, save all the vegetable peels. Mix them and make a furrow around the plant, cover it with soil, water it and you’ll see results within a week.

Indoor plants must be fertilized every two or three months, outside plants every month. The amount of light plants receive, also determines how frequently they must be fertilized. When they receive a lot of light they must be fertilized more frequently.

Ashes
The ashes that result from burning wood in the fireplace are very good for plants; they serve as fertilizer and they also do away with many of the bugs that attack plants.

Gelatin
Dissolve a pack of non flavored gelatin in a cup of boiling water. When it is well dissolved, gradually add three cups of cold water. Spray plants with it once a month. Prepare only what you are going to use.

Eggshells
Mash the eggshells and mix them with the soil in your plants.
Take advantage of the water where eggs have been boiled. Spray your plants with it once it gets cold.

Milk
When the milk container is empty, rinse the container and water your plants with that water.

Fish tank water
Don’t throw your fish tank water away. Water your plants with it because it is a very good fertilizer.