When it comes to gardening, I honestly don't have much of a green thumb. I have the utmost respect for anyone who can stand the time and effort involved in growing something from the ground, but for me, it was just never something I considered getting into when I was younger. Now that I'm a little older, however, and I love to cook, I must admit I find myself browsing through the herb garden section more and more.
One thing about me is that whenever I start a project, I like to do plenty of research first. I like to gather as much information as I can possibly get, so that I have the best chance to succeed. That's why when I started to consider getting into planting my own herb garden, I decided to look into natural fertilization methods. I didn't just want my plants to survive, I wanted them to thrive. Read on to learn more.
You see, providing the right kind of nutrition to your plants can take your garden from looking like this ...
... To looking like this!
1. Bury a raw egg at the bottom of your planter. As it decomposes over time, it will provide nutrients for your growing seedlings.
2. You could also bury banana peels into the soil. Chop them up to allow them to decompose faster. Bananas and banana peels are rich in potassium and many other key nutrients essential for plant growth.
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3. If your soil is too acidic try sprinkling some ash around your plants to help lower the pH levels.
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4. You can also balance the acidity of your soil by using Epsom salt. Low pH levels in soil are often caused by a deficiency of magnesium, which can be remedied by spraying plants with a mixture of Epsom salt and water.
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5. While autumn leaves may not be the best for your property's curbside appeal, allowing them to rot naturally over your garden works wonders to return organic materials back to the earth.
6. Operating on the same principle as letting leaves rot over your garden is the idea of composting. Not only does adding compost to your garden boost the nutritional profile of your soil, it's also great way to reuse food scraps.
By the way, if you want to make a compost, but think you don't have the room, you're wrong. All you need to make an indoor compost bin is some kind of container, a drill, some charcoal filters, and some hot glue (or superglue).
Start by drilling some holes into the lid of your container.
Next, hot glue or superglue a charcoal filter to the bottom of the lid. These can often be found with pet supplies, and keep the smell of rotting compost from stinking up your kitchen.
And voilà! Your DIY compost bin is ready to use! Just add food scraps (preferably raw) and a little soil to get it started. Be sure to remove/replace the contents roughly every two weeks, or whenever the mix starts to look like dark, rich soil.
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H/T: DIY Everywhere