It doesn’t matter how expansive your raised garden is. Whether you only have a small container garden, or even if you are exclusively an indoor gardening enthusiast. Your plants can all benefit from the use of an organic fertilizer. There are numerous organic fertilizers for sale at any garden center; however making your own fertilizer is possible. Making organic fertilizer is more cost effective, even if you have a more limited urban living space.
Go Natural while making organic fertilizer
An organic fertilizer is one which has its origins in all natural and renewable resources. This means no harmful chemicals or other non-natural additives have been included in the creation of the fertilizer. As an informed container gardening enthusiast, you are well aware of the dangers of using chemicals on your plants and in your home. Especially if you are growing edible plants, you can feel safe in knowing where your fertilizer came from and that its 100% organic. The benefits of making organic fertilizer for your raised garden go beyond this reason, however.
- Soil Improvement: Fertilizing composts can add to the soils ability to retain and drain moisture. This is essential for a container garden. The quality of the soil in your elevated garden can be improved greatly with the added nutrients organic fertilizers bring with them. If your soil is healthy then your plants will be healthy.
- Easy & Inexpensive: Making organic fertilizer at home is a lot easier and a lot more budget-friendly than you may have thought it to be. Buying organic fertilizers from your garden center can be rather costly, especially if you have a fairly large collection in your container garden. With just a few simple and inexpensive tools, you can make your own!
- Reducing Waste: Do you recycle tin cans and cardboard from your home? Let’s hope so. Do you throw out the left over organic materials produced in your home? Coffee grounds, eggshells, newspapers, and vegetable waste often just end up in landfills. If you opt to incorporate these organic-based materials into your homemade fertilizers, you’ll be doing your part for the health of your plants and for the planet!
Here few dos and don’ts while making organic fertilizer.
Start With the Right Container for making organic fertilize
There are several types of composters available. These range in price from the extremely budget-friendly to the less-than-budget-friendly. There are also several composters designed to fit under your kitchen sink. This makes them an ideal choice for if you live in an apartment or town home. These little composters will happily accept all of your household compostable scraps and transform them into organic fertilizer. Your plants will simply love these fertilizers.
There are a few things you avoid sticking while making organic fertilizer:
- Meat should never be used to make an organic fertilizer, especially for a container garden. Not only are you risking the spreading of various harmful bacteria, but you run the risk of attracting insects.
- Animal waste is not a good idea to add to your homemade fertilizer for much the same reasons as you should avoid adding meat. The waste from animals like rabbits, horses, and cows might be okay to use but it should come from a reputable source and should be composted for up to six months, preferably outdoors.
- Dairy products are another item to avoid adding to your organic fertilizer. The smell of these, especially if you are indoor gardening, will be enough to remind you of the reasons to avoid dairy products! Dairy also includes bacteria that shouldn’t be introduced into your compost.
These all things play a great role in making organic fertilizer. You can use these homemade fertilizer with all the container gardens.