Applying fertilizers to our patios or gardens is a way of enriching the soil with essential nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. This nutrient boost facilitates the healthy growth of plants and enhances their yields.
In the realm of fertilizers, chemical variants, which are artificially manufactured, are prevalent. Even though they can deliver the necessary nutrients, their disorderly or overuse could have detrimental impacts on the soil and the plants themselves.
In contrast, organic fertilizers, made from natural ingredients, are an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative.
Let’s look at how to create two organic fertilizers that can significantly boost the fruit-bearing capacity of your plants.
1. Fertilizer from Banana Peels
Signs of potassium deficiency in plants can include yellowing leaves or curling at the edges. This fertilizer, rich in essential nutrients, can help maintain the natural color of leaves and fruits.
Required ingredients include five banana peels, one and a half liters of water, a medium-sized pot, and a bottle.
Start by chopping the banana peels into small pieces. Next, pour water into the pot, add the peel pieces and heat it on a medium flame for about 15 minutes, or until the water turns brown due to the banana peels.
After turning off the heat, allow the liquid to cool before transferring it to the bottle.
When using this fertilizer, dilute one part of it with five parts water and apply this mixture weekly. During blooming seasons, you can apply the undiluted fertilizer bi-weekly.
Another method of utilizing this fertilizer involves burying bits of peel in the potting soil, which will release magnesium, potassium, and other nutrients over time.
A major benefit of this liquid fertilizer is the low risk of overuse as it decomposes gradually. However, its drawback is a short shelf life.
2. Eggshell-Based Fertilizer
For this, gather five or six eggshells, two liters of water, a blender, a spoon, a medium-sized pot, and a bottle.
Place the eggshells in the blender and blend for a few minutes. Stir using the spoon to dislodge any larger shell pieces and blend again until you have a fine powder. If a blender isn’t available, you can also use a mortar to grind the shells into a powder. The finer the powder, the easier it dissolves in the soil.
The process of creating an infusion is similar to the banana peel fertilizer. Add the powdered eggshells to the pot of water. Once the water starts boiling, let it simmer for an additional five minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the liquid to cool.
Transfer the liquid into the bottle, and your fertilizer is ready to be applied to the soil. Pour a small quantity of the infusion during watering. The eggshell infusion will enrich the soil with magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.