With some love, water, sunshine and general care, plants will grow. However, some plants do need a little more specialist care than others, which may come in the form of pruning, winter protection or food.
It is also important to note that plants will often suck the soil dry of nutrients after one season, so it’s a good habit to try and put those nutrients back in the form of plant food.
Natural Plant Food
Plant food can be readily purchased from gardening centres and in some supermarkets. However, many of us are now much more conscious about what chemicals we use than we used to be, which means plant food bought in the shops can often be something to be avoided.
Plus, natural plant food is so easy and cheap to get hold of or make, why not DIY it, after all it’s the only way you can know exactly what’s gone into your plants, which is especially important if you’re going to end up eating them!
Homemade plant food comes in many different forms, and most gardeners will dabble with different approaches and mixtures until they find something that works for them.
Some ingredients can be easier to get depending on where you live, and others can be more suited to different plants – so it’s completely individual to the person what homemade plant food suits your garden best.
Here are some of the best homemade plant foods:
If you have a rose that’s craving acidity, one of the easiest ways to feed it is by burying banana skins in the soil surrounding the rose. Banana peels also work really well planted into vegetable patches.
Fish Tank Water
Whenever you clean your fish tank, make sure you give the water to your plants, it makes great natural plant food.
If you don’t have a coffee machine, you can get free coffee grounds in large bags from most high street coffee shops. The grounds smell incredible and acid loving plants like roses, tomatoes and blueberries love them.
The grounds are also nitrogen rich which is also great for the plants.You can apply coffee grounds in two ways to the ground.
You can sprinkle the grounds on the soil and then water on top, or you can soak 5 cups of coffee grounds to 40 pints of water, leave the mixture for a few days then water your plants with it.
Eggshells are a natural slug and snail repellent as well as a natural plant food so they are doubly great for your garden. Make sure to wash them and then crush them down before mixing them into the soil.
They are made of calcium carbonate which is incredibly good for plants, and especially works well worked into the soil near peppers and tomatoes.
Both dried and fresh seaweed is a great natural plant food. For best results chop up seaweed and soak it in water for a few weeks, then use the mixture to water your plants. Seaweed works well mixed with teas suitable for plant food.
Other great natural plant foods are – nettles (soaked for a few weeks), molasses, grass clippings, human urine, organic cat and dog food and shrimp water.
Remember, never smother all your plants in a natural plant food until you know it won’t harm them. Pour a small amount around one plant first to see if the plant is OK.
If it seems to be OK after a week or so, commit to using the plant food on it again in future.