Home Made Fertiliser

Plants love home made fertilisers. Liquid fertilisers can give a great boast to your plants and soil.

We have put together 5 basic liquid fertiliser for you to try.

But nothing ever replaces good organic inputs into your soil e.g. compost. The following home made fertiser recipes are very simple to make.

You can make them in plastic garbage bins (45 litres or 10 gallon) or for larger amounts try a 200 litre (44 gallons) container.

Seaweed Fertiliser

Fill up a container halfway up with seaweed.

You should wash seaweed before using it in your brew if collected from the beach.

This will remove any excess salt.

You may substitute sea weed with seaweed powder.

Now fill up the rest of the container with water.

It will take around 3 months for the sea weed to break down.

Make sure you dilute your home made fertiliser so it doesn’t burn the roots of your plants.

Use ½ to 1 cup per bucket of water as a mixture.

Epsom Salt Fertilizer

Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to one gallon of water.

Then use to water your plants with the solution, every month.

Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulphate – both vital plant nutrients.

Some magnesium-loving plants to try it on: strawberries, peppers, Tomatoes and potatoes

Fish emulsion Fertiliser

Fish fertiliser can be made the same as your seaweed brew.

It makes a very good home made fertiliser as well.

You just need to collect fish. They can be either whole or fish waste from your local fish market.

Just fill the container up half way with fish waste product.Then add water to the container.

Wait 3 months for finished product.

The fish emulsion will need to aerated. Either by an aerator or stirring the brew for 10 minutes each week.

Once again dilute the mixture before Appling to the soil.

Poultry Manure Fertiliser

Fill the container half way using the manure and fill the rest with water.

Allow 4-6 weeks before using on your plants.

Dilute by ½ to 1 cup of fertiliser with a bucket of water (half a litre mixed with 10 litres of water).

Comfrey Fertiliser

Comfrey is often referred to as the 'miracle herb'.

It is worth putting this herb in a corner of your garden for its myriad uses.

It will grow in a wide variety of soil conditions and has a very deep root system.

The deep root system allows it to bring minerals and nutrients up into its leaves that are unavailable to other plants.

It is also the only plant that contains vitamin B12.Comfrey is a large plant with thick, furry leaves.

It can be used as a green fertiliser (chop up the leaves and place on the garden) or as a liquid fertilizer 'tea'.

Fill your container half way with large comfrey leaves.

Fill the container with water and leave it for at least 3 weeks while the leaves rot down.

Mix 50/50 with water and pour around the roots of your plants.

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