Find out which are the best natural fertilizers!
Ash top dressing
A popular type of top dressing among supporters of natural farming. Wood or straw ash in organic farming is considered one of the best sources of potassium and phosphorus, respectively, top dressing with ash infusion of seedlings or flowers is a great helper in stimulating flowering and fruiting.
The recipe for the infusion is simple: 1 tablespoon of ash per 2 liters of hot water. Top dressing is infused for 24 hours, then filtered. Ash fertilizer can be useful: all vegetable crops and houseplants.
Banana skins as fertilizer
Banana peels (like bananas themselves) are high in potassium. Therefore, many summer residents are in no hurry to throw away the skins, but use them as home fertilizer. Someone dries the banana peel at the battery, then grinds it into powder, adds it to the soil when planting and forgets about potash top dressing. Someone insists banana skins in water (peel from 2-3 bananas per three-liter jar of water, leave for three days, then strain), and then water the plants with the resulting infusion.
Banana peel fertilizer can be useful for: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, roses, ferns, cyclamens, begonias, violets and other house flowers. The latter are usually fed at the bud stage to ensure a lush and long flowering.
The best types of dressings for supporters of natural farming
Top dressing with a decoction of potatoes or potato peelings
Plants knowingly accumulate starch in their seeds, bulbs and tubers. Starch is a kind of “nutrient storehouse”. It is this law of nature that summer residents use, feeding seedlings with a decoction in which potatoes were boiled. Or, specially for this purpose, cleanings are boiled. Potato fertilizer can be useful for all crops and houseplants.
Eggshell is a storehouse of trace elements. Most summer residents carefully collect shells all winter, so that before the start of the season they put them in compost or scatter them around the garden. But the shell can also help at the stage of growing seedlings.
If you soak it in water, during the decomposition process, hydrogen sulfide begins to be released, which scares us off with a disgusting smell, but it perfectly stimulates plants to grow and develop. An infusion of eggshells is prepared as follows: crushed shells from 3-4 eggs are taken for three liters of warm water and infused under a loosely closed lid in a dark place for three days. Signs of fertilizer readiness are cloudiness of the infusion and the appearance of a specific smell.
Eggshell fertilizer can be useful for: eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, palm trees, lemons, laurels, cypresses, petunias, zamiokulkas, dieffenbachia.
Fertilizer with onion peel
Gardeners are very fond of onion peel for the “two in one” effect. Watering or spraying with infusion of onion peel is not only a complete top dressing for seedlings and flowers, but also a measure to combat unwanted microorganisms. Onion top dressing is prepared from 20 grams of husk per five liters of warm water, which is infused for 4 days and then filtered.
Top dressing with infusion of onion peel can be useful for all vegetable crops, especially tomatoes.
coffee grounds as fertilizer
Coffee lovers who are not too lazy to dry the spent coffee grounds mix it with the soil before sowing seeds for seedlings or transplanting houseplants. Coffee well loosens the soil, improves its water permeability and brings with it nutritious macro- and microelements, especially nitrogen.
It is highly recommended to add coffee grounds to the soil for seedlings of tomatoes and eggplants. Some gardeners are afraid to use coffee, because they are sure that coffee deoxidizes the soil. However, this is a myth. Raw coffee can increase the acidity of the soil, and roasted and already used for its intended purpose has a reaction close to neutral.
Coffee grounds fertilizer can be useful for: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, roses, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, ferns, rhododendrons.
Sugar top dressing
Sugar – plants also have a “sweet tooth” and once a week you can pamper them with sweets. To do this, a teaspoon of sugar is scattered directly on the surface of the earth in a pot, and then the plant is simply watered. Or sprinkled with sweet water (2 teaspoons of sugar per glass of water). Since plants need mainly glucose from sugar, someone uses glucose tablets directly as a fertilizer, which are sold in pharmacies.
To prepare top dressing, one tablet is diluted in a glass of water. Top dressing with glucose is carried out once a month, not more often. Fertilizing with sugar can be beneficial for all indoor plants, especially cacti.