How to Make Your Own Plant & Garden Food
Every green thumb gardener knows that you must feed your plants in order for them to thrive. But how do you know what to feed them? There are so many varieties out there, and they can be quite expensive. If the price was not enough to scare you, perhaps the thought that these food products are full of chemicals harmful to pets and kids will! If you are looking for a safer, and more budget friendly way to feed your plants this year, you are in luck! Below, you will find several recipes for how to make your own plant and garden food.
Here are a couple simple and inexpensive home remedies to help keep your garden looking and tasting its best. You will notice how simple each recipe is, as most of the ingredients can be found right in your kitchen. These recipes do not require a great deal of time or money, so take a peek below and see which one you want to mix up!
How to Make Your Own Plant & Garden Food: 3 Simple Recipes
Simple Plant Food:
- 1 teaspoon baking powder.
- 1 teaspoon epsom salts.
- 1 teaspoon ammonia.
1. Mix your ingredients together in a gallon of room temperature water.
2. Store the solution in an airtight, labeled container.
3. Use it once every 4 to 6 weeks, or even less if your plants seem to be producing well.
Chemical Free Pesticide:
- 1 minced garlic clove.
- 1 cup warm water.
- 3-4 drops of dish soap.
1. Mix the three ingredients together.
2. Pour into a labeled spray bottle.
3. Spray generously on plants, both edible and non edible.
4. Bugs will find this mixture disgusting and will leave your plants alone.
Wonderful Weed Killer:
- 1 gallon of distilled vinegar.
- 1 cup of salt.
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap.
1. Mix the ingredients and pour into a labeled spray bottle.
2. Spray directly on weeds in the garden.
3. You can also pour directly into cracks of walks and driveways.
4. Repeat as needed.
See how easy it is to whip up your own plant foods and fertilizers? You can make most of these recipes with four ingredients or less and four steps or less. In fact, you could probably make these concoctions in the time it takes to just drive to the gardening center.
All of these mixtures are safe to use around children and pets and can be stored and used throughout the summer safely. As noted in all of the recipes, it is important to label all mixtures so that you know what each one is, and teach kids not to play with them.
This summer, forget the commercial plant foods and fertilizers. Instead, opt for homemade mixtures such as these and not only save time, but money as well! Avoid nasty chemicals, create a safe growing space for kids and pets, and feel proud knowing that you did it all yourself. So when your friends and family ask you what your secret is to such beautiful and thriving plants, you can tell them it is your own secret recipe!