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Homemade Miracle Gro?

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I am a former miracle gro user. Last year I didn't use anything. I would like to use something besides water this year. Any ideas or recipes?

I have large daylily bed, daffodils, tulips, peonies, rose bush, mums, azalea, hostas and many more!
post #2 of 9
From my favorite gardening site!

You Grow Girlâ„¢ - » Plant Shall Eat Plant

Plant Shall Eat Plant
Make Herb Tea Fertilizer

Did you know you can make liquid fertilizer for your plants using other plants? Sounds like floral cannibalism but it’s not unlike compost when you think about it. Some plants are high in particular nutrients which can be extracted in the same way that you would make a medicinal tea for yourself. What’s more, all of the plants worth using tend to be invasive in the garden. This year your eyes will light up with enthusiasm at the sight of that ever-expanding patch of comfrey behind the shed instead of glazing over with the thought of digging it up. Hell, I am completely jealous of your expanding comfrey patch. Yeah, come to think of it, I’ll take your shed too.

1. Fill up a bucket, large jar, or other container with the leaves, stems and flowers of pruned herbs. Pack them in tightly. There is no need to remove the entire plant. Just cut it back and you’ll be able to make another batch next month.
2. Pour in water, filling your container to the top.
3. Let the whole mess sit for a day. Put it in the sun to speed things up.
4. Strain out the herbs and fill up a spray bottle or watering can with the concoction.
You can spray the leaves of your plants with this mix as a foliar fertilizer, or just pour it onto the soil.

Herbs to Try:

Comfrey - High in magnesium, phosphorous, and pottassium.
Stinging Nettle - Contains magnesium, sulphur, and iron.
Horsetail - Loaded with silica, a nutrient that makes plants strong.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Mel!!
post #4 of 9
beer! lol no seriously, I put it on my garden last year. Tomato plants like epsom (?) salts...

I will dig out my book and take a look for your flowers specifically.
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I was just reading about using Epsom salts for plants just yesterday. For indoor plants it said to use 2T of salt to 1 gallon of water once a month for bushier plants and for flowering plants to bloom more often. There is magnesium and sulfur in the salt that make it work. I was definitely thinking of trying it on my indoor plants. I would like to know how to apply on my outdoor garden as well.
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Originally Posted by jvryden View Post

I was just reading about using Epsom salts for plants just yesterday. For indoor plants it said to use 2T of salt to 1 gallon of water once a month for bushier plants and for flowering plants to bloom more often. There is magnesium and sulfur in the salt that make it work. I was definitely thinking of trying it on my indoor plants. I would like to know how to apply on my outdoor garden as well.

Thanks! After reading your suggestion, I did some research. I found a good article:

Fertilize with Epsom Salts | DoItYourself.com
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Originally Posted by skimommy View Post

Thanks! After reading your suggestion, I did some research. I found a good article:

Fertilize with Epsom Salts | DoItYourself.com


Thank you! That was very informative. I'll have to try that this summer. Last year my peppers were thin and some of the tomato foliage yellowed a bit. According to the article it'll help with both.
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Has anyone heard anything about using powdered milk as a plant fertilizer?

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I've heard about using powdered milk, but haven't done it.

 

When we planted the tomatoes they were planted with epsom salt, egg shells and coffee grinds.  My mom did mention milk was good for them too when we were coming up with containers for transplanting--she said if the container had milk, don't worry about rinsing it, just let it dry since it was good for them.

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