Sunday, July 25, 2010

Organic Plant Food

Organic Plant Food

Organic plant food saves money, and your plants. Try using these free gardening fertilizers!
Whether you have killed your plants with kindness or have a truly green thumb, there is something in this article for you. Most plant fertilizers are toxic if not used precisely, and it is difficult to get the treatment right if you are not extremely knowledgeable about plants. Even if your houseplants love you, it can be frustrating, time consuming, and expensive to keep up with their care. Read on for a few ideas on how to nourish your plants with your leftovers, and watch your potted friends prosper!

Coffee grounds:
Just about all plants love coffee, and they will not get anxious from the caffeine! You were going to throw out those coffee grounds? Sprinkle cooled grounds at the base of your plants instead. It is great for the soil, helps keep moisture in, and presents a pleasant scent and fine dark appearance in the pot. If you do any outside gardening, be sure to put all of your coffee grounds in the compost pile. If you do not compost, just apply the cooled grounds directly to the base of your plants. This is a great secret of professional gardeners and talented amateurs everywhere.

Did you think there were only three hundred used for vinegar? Here is one more. Many flowering plants do not only thrive, but require the pH balance that vinegar can produce. Research which of your plants can be helped by this home remedy based on the soil type they prefer. Then add tiny amounts of vinegar to houseplants. Their soil should be well balanced when they are potted, so they should not need much help to remedy it. Outdoor plants can benefit much more from vinegar. If you have not yet had a soil composition study done on your garden, scoop up some dirt and take it to your local nursery. Many nurseries will perform this service free, and then you will know exactly what kind of help your plants need.

Cooking water:
If you boil any vegetables or beans, your plants are craving what you pour down the drain. Whenever you cook food in a large amount of water, many of the vitamins and minerals from your food are leached right into the water. You will know this is true simply by observing the color of your water after you have cooked. Instead of pouring all of those nutrients and water into your sink, set it aside and let it cool. Unlike chemical fertilizers you add to water, cooking water is natural and plant based. Therefore, you do not have to worry about over medicating your plants. Be certain the water is room temperature before you use it, and water your plants with this super food instead of the usual tap water.

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