Ways to Fertilize Your Garden Free

So you want or need to fertilize your garden but don’t really want to pay for fertilizer?

That’s OK

You can fertilize your garden without buying anything extra.

Here are some “fertilizers” that you might have around the house.

You can use these items to make a Food Mulch (chop finely and mix with soil), Food Tea (mix food with water and let steep for a few days to several weeks then dilute with water 1:1 1 cup of tea with 1 gallon of water) or Food Powdered Fertilizer (dry food and then blend to a powder then sprinkle in garden).

Food Fertilizer Items

  • Coffee grounds
  • Left over coffee – water your plants with cooled coffee (not hot)
  • Banana Peels – chopped up and planted underneath the soil
  • Beer
  • Carrot peels
  • Citrus peels or rinds
  • Corn Meal
  • Egg Shells – great calcium source
  • Energy Drinks
  • Epsom Salt – mixed in water (1 tbs per gallon)
  • Gelatin
  • Green tea
  • Molasses – mixed with water (1-3 tbs per gallon)
  • Onion peels
  • Peanut shells
  • Potato peels
  • Fruit and vegetable pulp
  • Sugar
  • Tea or tea bags

Plant Fertilizer Items

  • Alfalfa
  • Alfalfa Meal
  • Leaves
  • Burdock
  • Chickweed
  • Clover
  • Comfrey
  • Dandelion
  • Dollar weed
  • Grass trimmings
  • Green Manure (mostly wheat, oats, rye, vetch, clover, peas, buckwheat and broad beans)
  • Horsetail
  • Kelp Meal
  • Nettle
  • Newspaper
  • Oat Straw
  • Saw Dust – from untreated lumber
  • Seaweed
  • Water weeds
  • Wood ash
  • Yellow dock

Plant Tea – fill a container with plant items and water. Cover and let steep for 1-21 days. Dilute with water at a ration of 1:10.

Green Manure – plant any type of plants in the fall and allow to grow. Before they seed or bloom, turn them over into the soil. This will add organic material to the soil providing nutrients for future plants.