Plant Growth – Natures Nutrition Recipes

by Polly

Natural, old-fashioned grow-how nutrition recipes for growing amazing plants in your organic garden are especially valuable nowadays. For your money, you can’t beat this stick-to-your-roots kind of plant food.

Eggshells! Crushed egg shells add valuable nutrients to soil. Calcium is essential for cell growth in all plants. Calcium is special for fast growing plants because they quickly deplete the surrounding soil of calcium.

You can use crushed egg shells in your compost file(make sure they are washed). Or, use them along with coffee grounds (high source of Nitrogen).

Crush them, soak them in water for 24 hours, then use the water for your plants. All that calcium is especially good for peppers and tomatoes.2471614293_2109ec6d53jpg1

Or, place egg shells in a circle on top of the ground around tender plant stems such as peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage. Why? To deter slugs and cutworms.

Hair! Yes, use hair too. Whether it comes from a human or any other kind of animal, hair is full of iron, manganese, and sulfur. Work it into the soil or toss it onto the compost pile and watch your plants eat it up.

My mother would cut our hair when we were growing up and swore that it was always good for the roses. Rather than discarding this clump of waste, she would dress her rose bushes in it as though it had some magical properties.

As a rose grower, she was sought after for advice – which was the opposite of her hairdressing skills – so I wasn’t about to argue with her.

I have also discovered, that if I brush my dogs outside and toss the hair under shrubs or near trees, the birds go for it to use it for nesting material.

133189378_255f47b6ac_mjpgSeaweed. This is still a valuable fertilizer. Seaweed is a rich source of potassium — up to 12% and trace elements. Before you dig seaweed into the soil, rinse it in fresh water and dry it out to get rid of most of the salt.

Fish! Fish parts will make your plants take off like a buffalo stampede. Just make sure you bury the stuff deep in the garden.

You can also toss them onto the compost pile. It will create quite an odor and attract unwanted wildlife besides. Bury it deep.

Sawdust, too! Mix it into the compost pile. It’s a great source of carbon that all plants need. But don’t use sawdust from pressure-treated lumber. It contains toxic chemicals that you don’t want.

1378278227_3aa5ebf5f4_mjpgSawdust is a terrific material for enriching the soil with humus, which sawdust eventually becomes. Fresh sawdust right off the saw can be very acidic depending on the type of wood being used.

For fresh sawdust that you might be storing in a pile, the rains and natural decomposition will leach out most of the acid and then it can be used for mulch the next few years.

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Yours truly for a great garden with outstanding veggies and flowers.

Polly-organic gardener

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TheOrganicSister March 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

We have so much calcium in our native soils we can only use eggshells in raised beds. I tend to still put it in my compost – along with most of the other stuff you listed. I’ve heard about the fish but haven’t tried it. Yet!

~Tara

Pam Joy March 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I moved from OH to AZ a few years ago and am still trying to figure out what is best for the soil here. Looking forward to reading all the information here. Love your comments on twitter! Pam

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