Admirers of biological agriculture, who fundamentally do not use synthetic substances, mineral fertilizers and pesticides when growing vegetables, even at the seedling stage, know many recipes for natural feeding of nightshade plants.
Useful properties of onion peels
Onion peel is one of the most popular herbal products among tomato growers to stimulate the growth and development of all parts of seedlings. Aqueous infusions of onion and garlic husks are successfully used in gardening both as a valuable micronutrient fertilizer and as a remedy against diseases and pests of vegetable and flower crops.
The bioflavonoids (quercetin), phytoncides, vitamins, amino acids, macro- and microelements present in the integumentary scales of onions activate the development of the root system and at the same time destroy the pathogenic microflora in the earthen coma.
And it is not difficult even for lazy summer residents to prepare vegetable raw materials at any time of the year. It is enough to constantly collect dry cover scales from healthy bulbs and store them in glass jars, paper bags or cardboard boxes.
Home dressing recipe
Take 2 handfuls of onion and garlic husks, tamp the raw materials into a 0.5 liter jar and fill to the top with cold water. The infusion is prepared in a shaded place for 3-4 days. It is not necessary to close the jar with a nylon lid, since the future fertilizer does not emit any unpleasant odors. To enhance the extraction of useful compounds, it is recommended to stir the infusion with a wooden spatula 2-3 times a day.
In undiluted form, the filtered infusion is used exclusively for pest control of seedlings and indoor plants (spider mites and aphids). For this purpose, the concentrated onion elixir is used for spraying plants on the leaves from a finely dispersed spray bottle, as well as for wetting the surface of an earthen coma in planting containers from it.
To prepare a universal top dressing with growth-stimulating properties, the uterine elixir, after straining, is diluted with softened special means, settled or rainwater at room temperature in a ratio of 1: 4. From 0.4 liters of onion concentrate, 2 liters of liquid fertilizer are obtained.
And to enhance the beneficial qualities of onion peel infusion, experts advise enriching the working solution with hydrogen peroxide (3%). Thanks to active oxygen molecules, hydrogen peroxide creates favorable conditions for the development of a powerful root system of tomatoes. A pharmacy antiseptic is added to the finished top dressing at the rate of 1 teaspoon per 1 liter of diluted infusion.
The vegetable raw materials used after straining the onion infusion can either be added to the compost or laid out as mulch under garden crops, for example, under clematis or roses.
Recommendations for the use of infusion of onion peel for seedlings
Liquid fertilization is most conveniently carried out from a syringe or a large syringe, especially if your bushes live in common planting containers. Pour approximately 5 ml of the prepared solution under each tomato seedling.
It is not recommended to store the fertilizer due to the rapid decrease in the concentration of biologically active substances. Top dressing applied under the plants in the first half of the day has the maximum efficiency.
The prepared nutrient solution is successfully applied at all stages of the development of tomato seedlings, starting from the moment the cotyledon leaves appear.
According to experienced summer residents, watering seedlings under the root with onion infusion with the addition of hydrogen peroxide replaces most dressings. The solution is used every 10-12 days, gently moistening the soil under the roots of the seedlings with it instead of routine watering.
In addition to tomatoes, other solanaceous vegetables can be fed with a solution of onion peels and hydrogen peroxide: eggplants and bell peppers.
And also seedlings of cucumbers, zucchini, basil, cabbage and celery.
Strong and well leafy seedlings with a thick stem and powerful roots are a guarantee of stable yields of tomatoes and other vegetables!
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