Inexpensive Plant Fertilizer Alternatives

Cheap Plant Fertilizer Alternatives

When it comes to your plants, you want to give them the best of everything. However, the best can sometimes be expensive. It can be hard to decide if your plants need a certain kind of plant fertilizer or where they’ll get the most nutrients. If you’re struggling to keep all your plants fed, well, here are a couple of cheap alternatives to plant fertilizer.

Club Soda

Yes, this one is very specific. Club soda, or carbonated water if you have it, actually helps promote plant growth. Club soda has nutrients that your plant needs in order to help it absorb water better. It can even promote for the roots to move a bit easier. This means those plants you have will actually start to gradually become healthier, greener, and leafier than ever before. Don’t use sugary drinks on your plants to fertilize them. Sugary sodas will actually kill your plants altogether, and won’t allow them to absorb water. So if you’re looking for a cheap way to feed your plants, stick with club soda and carbonated water. Club soda is relatively cheap, and is a good boost for any garden.

Coffee Grounds

Do you enjoy a good cup of Joe in the morning? Well, you can actually put those grounds of yours to good use. Coffee grounds are excellent for evergreens, tomatoes, blueberries, and even roses as fertilizer. Just mix your leftover coffee grounds in some water, and let it sit out in the sun for a couple of hours. This will make you a liquid fertilizer you can add to your plants. Once you’ve done that, just spread it liberally over the plants that need the fertilizer the most. We highly recommend using it on tomato plants, because they will get the most benefit out of this coffee mixture fertilizer.

Wood Ash

After roasting some marshmallows over the campfire, you might want to save some of that wood ash. Just sprinkle some wood ash over the top soil of your garden and then water. Don’t put down to much all at once or it’ll kill your plants. Wood ash also helps cut down on soil that’s very acidic, and make it easier for other types of plants to grow. Don’t use the wood ash from your grill though. There is usually lighter residue from the barbecue, and this can be harmful to your plants. If you have a fireplace where you burn logs, however, then you have a steady supply of free fertilizer.

There are plenty of ways to make sure you continue to be green for your plants. Even if you just have a few flower you’re growing, being able to save those extra bucks can go a long way to helping you cut down on how much you spend for your garden. It also makes it easier because with just a little time you can have your plants thriving without having to do much work at all. All it takes is some creativity and some elbow grease.

 

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