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Organic Fertilizer Recipes

Bhakti Satalkar
The best fertilizer for your garden actually comes from your kitchen, in addition to the garden waste. Although there are many organic manures available in the market, your garden will flower well with the homemade natural ones.
Most of us use chemical products to treat our gardens. People thought in the past that it was convenient to use these products and were ready to pay the extra amount. These products promised quick results but never spoke about their long-term side effects.
However, there is always kitchen waste which can be used as the best homemade fertilizer in addition to accumulating it for composting. Homemade manures are not as hassle-free to use as the chemical products available in the market, nevertheless, they are better and more efficient while gardening.

Homemade Organic Fertilizer Recipes

Most organic lawn fertilizers that are ideal for lawn care comprise a combination of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Some people also make use of organic liquid fertilizers for soil conservation in order to make their garden flourish. There are many recipes for making natural manure at home. Let us take a look at some of them.

Recipe I

Seed meal
Agricultural lime
Dolomitic lime

You will have to mix these ingredients in the ratio of 8:1:1:1. The ingredients might seem slightly expensive, however, they turn out to be cheaper than premixed organic lawn fertilizers.
Mix these ingredients well and apply them to the soil. It is advisable not to use the manure close to the stem; use it a little farther from the stem by mixing it with soil with a hand rake.

Recipe II

Bone meal
Fish meal
Kelp meal

Mix these ingredients in the ratio of 3:2:1. Some recipes will also suggest adding dolomitic lime to the mix. If you want to add lime, the ratio of it will be 1 part in addition to the other ingredients. These are dry ingredients, hence, it is advisable to mix them outdoors, as they tend to fly all over the place.
Take about a quarter cup of the fertilizer and mix it with the soil around the plant. As mentioned previously, do not let the manure come in contact with the stem of the plant.

Recipe III

Feather meal
Fish meal
Alfalfa meal
Cottonseed meal
Bone meal
Kelp meal

The ratio to be used is 1:2:1:1:2:2. This fertilizer should be used for treating vegetable gardens. It nourishes the vegetables all through the growing season.

Kitchen Ingredients as Fertilizers

Egg Shells

They are a rich source of potassium and calcium. You will need to grind empty dry egg shells before you sprinkle them in your garden.

Coffee Waste

Mix four parts of water with one part of the waste left behind after making coffee, and spray it in your garden once a week. Your plants will get magnesium, potassium, and nitrogen from the coffee waste.

White Vinegar

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with one gallon of water. Use this solution to make your plants lush green. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which increases the acidity of the soil.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salts contains sulfate and magnesium, which are good for plants like potatoes, tomatoes, roses, etc. One tablespoon of Epsom salt should be mixed with a gallon of water. Use this once a month for your plants.

Banana Peels

Instead of throwing banana peels away, use them for your rose bushes and see them flourish.

Tea Waste

Tea waste is especially useful for orchids. You can use your tea bags and tea waste in summer and spring to nourish your plants.


Milk, mixed with water in the ratio 1:4, will give your plants nitrogen building protein. You can feed your plants with milk once every week.
It is important that you store your homemade fertilizer in an airtight container and away from direct sunlight. Since you are using organic manure, discontinue the use of chemical insecticides and pesticides, and resort to using organic pest control methods instead to get the best results.