During a recent trip to a gardening center, I noticed a spray on plant food was $9.99 a bottle. That’s right, nearly $10.00 a bottle for plant food! When you are landscaping on a dime, there is no reason to spend that kind of cash on plant food. Not when simple and inexpensive household ingredients can mix up some tasty concoctions your plants will love. You don’t need to be a scientist, or have the greenest thumb on the block to create your own plant foods. It is actually quite simple, safe, and super frugal. If your plants are ready for a meal, take a look below at frugal ways to feed your plants. Not only will the plants be full and satisfied, but so will your wallet.
To get started, you will need a few basic ingredients. You can find most of these items right in your kitchen. There is no need to run to a gardening center! Take a look at how easy this is.
Five Frugal Ways to Feed Your Plants:
1. Give them a sip of calcium.
Did you hard boil eggs today? Most people know that egg shells stirred into the soil can feed your plants, but did you know the water you boiled them in can too? Don’t pour that calcium rich liquid down the sink, instead, save it and pour it directly at the base of your plants.
2. Behold the appeal of peels.
Fruit peels are full of nutrients, and just like they make our bodies healthy, they can make your plants healthy. Be sure to save all of your banana peels, apple peels, orange and cucumber peels. Then, stir them right into the soil of toss them in your compost bin.
3. The magic of matchsticks.
Stick a few matchsticks head first into the ground. The sulfur will release itself and provide nutrients to your soil. You only need to do a few around each plant, don’t go overboard. How nifty is that?
4. Get grinding!
There are many kitchen items that when grounded up, create a nutrient rich mixture your plants will adore. Coffee grounds, ground cocoa beans, ground egg shells, and even ground up spices such as cinnamon offer nutrients and pest protection to your plants. Just grind then sprinkle into the soil.
5. Pass the salt, please.
Mix a few tablespoons of epsom salt with a gallon of water. Mist onto plants for a refreshing feed they will love. Spraying directly onto the leaves seems to work best.
And one more just for good measure…
6. Go fishing!
Save fish bones and scraps. This includes bones from grilled fish, leftover tuna, etc. They are nutrient rich and will do wonders for your soil and your plants. Next time you have scraps, don’t toss them, reuse them!
No one wants to pay big bucks for plant food, not when it is already hard enough to keep food on your own table! Instead, give some of these inexpensive tips a try. Your plants will love you for it, and so will your budget. Chances are you have all of these supplies around your house already, so what are you waiting for? Get feeding and fertilizing your plants for less!