Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kitchen Gardener and Organic Fertilizer (2)

Many organic fertilizers can be found at your local garden supply store or on the internet. But you can make it at home! Some organic fertilizer recipes require you to buy some items from garden supply or feed stores. One recipe uses 4 parts seed, 1 part lime, 1 part bone meal, and 1 part kelp meal. This mixture is then added to the soil or spread around plants.
Another great organic fertilizer recipe for houseplants mixes 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon household ammonia, 1 teaspoon Epsom salt, 1 teaspoon salt, and one gallon of water. It is recommended to use once a month.
How often you should fertilize will depend on what plants or vegetables you have in your garden. Most gardeners will fertilize their gardens once when planting and then once every month or two. Lawn fertilization is generally less frequent, occurring usually at the beginning of the growing season and once or twice throughout the growing season.
You can generally feel free to experiment with organic fertilizers to see which is best for your garden as organic fertilizers usually cause little or no harm to your plants and soil. Over time you will develop a favorite method of fertilization and even your own recipes. If you are feeling ambitious, keep a gardening journal and try experimenting on the same types of plants using different organic fertilizers. By controlling the things you put in your garden, you can control what you get out of your garden. Using organic fertilizers can satisfy your craving for getting your hands dirty and help save the environment at the same time!

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