Healthy Soil Equals Healthy Plants

Feeding your soil is as important as feeding yourself. Your soil requires nutrients and minerals as well as sunlight and water in order for it to be able to grow great vegetables and plants.

Because most people are not making their own compost at home, they need to buy fertiliser. Plant fertilisers purchased from the local garden centre often contain chemicals that may harm your plants, and are not environmentally friendly.

Bananas

Bananas are not only tasty and healthy for humans, but they also benefit many different plants. When planting roses, bury a banana (or just the peel) in the hole alongside the rose. As the rose grows, bury bananas or banana peels into the top layer of the soil. Both of these approaches will provide the much needed potassium that plants need for proper growth.

Coffee Grounds

Used coffee grounds contain nitrogen. We recommend that you allow the coffee grounds to dry and then scatter them lightly, as a mulch, around your plants. Avoid scattering them thickly when they are wet, because clumps of coffee grounds have a tendency to get mouldy.

Egg Shells

Calcium is an essential plant nutrient which plays a fundamental part in cell manufacture and growth. Most roots must have some calcium at the growing tips to grow effectively. Plant growth removes large quantities of calcium from the soil, and calcium must be replenished, so this is an ideal way to “recycle” your egg shells. Simply crush them, or powder them in an old coffee grinder, and sprinkle them around your garden soil.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt can provide an excellent mineral boost for your garden. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of epsom salts with 4 litres of water and put into a sprayer. Apply once a month, directly to the foliage for a quick dose of magnesium and sulphur.

Green Tea

A weak solution of green tea can be used to water plants every four weeks. Use one teabag to 10 litres of water.

Powdered Milk

Powdered milk is not only good for human consumption but also for plants. This source of calcium needs to be mixed in to the soil prior to planting. Since the milk is in powder form, it is ready for use by your plants. Tomato plants particularly love powdered milk scattered around the bottom of the plant.

Organic/natural fertilizers, on the other hand, don’t feed the plants directly but rather add essential nutrients to the soil where they become available to the plants, more slowly, over time.

 

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