This Might Look Crazy But Actually Works
Organic gardeners will often go to any length to keep their plants happy and safe, but without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Here are some old tricks and a few new ones using common household substances that can make a gardener’s’ life easy and keep plants happy and healthy in a natural and non-toxic way.
1.Bury your kitchen waste in the garden.
Whether you have a compost pile or not, you can utilize every bit of kitchen waste in the garden. Make a long ditch 1-foot-deep between rows of vegetables to receive the waste. Start dumping the kitchen waste of each day from one end of the ditch. The soil from the ditch piled along its edge can be used to cover up the waste as soon as it is deposited so that there would be no bad smell or fly problem.
2.Weed tea as fertilizer.
Brew a weed tea fertilizer to take sweet revenge on the weeds that rob your garden plants of nutrients. Cut up the weeds and dunk them in a tub of water kept in the sun. In a few days, a nitrogen-rich green tea will be ready. Use it as soil fertilizer or foliar spray.
3.Improve fruit set with Epsom salt.
If you find your pepper plants dropping fruit, turn to Epsom salt. You will see a definite improvement in fruit set almost immediately. The magnesium in the Magnesium sulfate salt could be doing the trick. Magnesium is an important component of chlorophyll – as important as iron is to the hemoglobin in our blood. you can sprinkle Epsom salt crystals around the plants once a week or make a foliar spray.
4.Add oyster shells and eggshells to your garden beds.
Crushed shells of oysters and eggs make slow-release fertilizers that will keep your garden soil sweet and healthy. Crush them with a rolling pin to make the pieces as small as you can. The calcium carbonate in the shells makes the soil alkaline, so use it around plants that love alkaline soil.
5.Adjust pH with wood ash and coffee grounds.
When you grow different types of plants in your garden, their pH needs may vary. Wood ash from wood burning stoves and fireplaces can alkalinize the soil in your asparagus patch and vegetable beds growing broccoli, beans, and beet. Coffee grounds can be used around ericaceous plants like roses, azaleas, and rhododendrons.
6.Vinegar as weed killer.
Most organic gardeners do not like to use herbicides in their garden, but they may have second thoughts when their gardens are run over by weeds. Vinegar is an environment-friendly alternative to chemical weed killers.
Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and drench the weeds with it. Do this on a hot, sunny day for best results. The acid will scorch the weeds and kill them in a few days. Water the area afterward to remove excess acidity or sprinkle baking soda on soil to neutralize it.
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