Homemade Fertilizer Recipes

Learn how to make your own all-purpose organic all-purpose fertilizer


How to make your own all-purpose fertilizer

Fertilizing your plants and keeping them healthy doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to accomplish. Spread this fertilizer twice a year around your plants and they will be much happier and healthier.

Things You'll Need:

  • bone meal
  • blood meal
  • green sand
  • bucket
  • dust mask
  • rubber gloves

Put on a dust mask as you don't want to breathe in the dust that is kicked up when you are mixing the dry ingredients. Wear rubber gloves if you will be mixing by hand.

Mix together 2 parts blood meal, 3 parts bone meal and six parts green sand. This is the perfect mix of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for most plants in the landscape.

Sprinkle a 1/4 cup around each perennial or cluster of bulbs, and about a 1/2 a cup around each shrub. Just scratch it into the top surface of the soil with your hand or a small hand tool. Water well.

Store in an airtight container away from moisture. Label the container with the appropriate ingredients so you know what's in it.

Alternate recipe:

  • 1 part kelp meal
  • 2 parts alfalfa meal
  • 4 parts cottonseed meal
  • 1 part rock phosphate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many of these ingredients can be purchased in bulk at a feed store or farm supply store as well as a good nursery.
  • Avoid breathing in the dust from the ingredients as they can be irritating to the lungs.
  • Roses and Clematis love Alfalfa Tea. Find out how to make it here.
  • Compost tea is excellent for plants who may need a quick boost. Check out my article on making compost tea here.

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