How to Make Your Garden Grow Naturally

Most of us love a fertilizer that doubles the size of your plants or spikes the number or fruits or flowers they bear. But is using chemical fertilizers really worth the excess?

If you say “no”, then you discover now how to make your own plant fertilizers.

DIY Miracle Grow:  Start by making a concentrate: 1 gallon of water, 1 tbsp. of Epsom salt, 1 tsp. of baking soda, and ½ tsp. of household ammonia. Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients you can mix a ½ cup of the mixture with 4 cups of water. Next, add 1 tbsp. of powdered milk (which helps stimulate root growth). Give it to your plants once a month and watch them grow!

Compost “tea”: This is a liquid that is made from any compostable material, but can be made with just egg shells, bananas, and coffee grounds. After you have about a mason jar full, add warm water and let it penetrate and sit until cool. Strain out the solids, and use the “tea” to water your plants.

Weed tea: Weed tea is just like compost tea, but uses yard and garden weeds. Weeds often have deeper roots than tender grass or a newly planted garden, so they already have absorbed much needed nutrients. Don’t throw them away! Instead, prepare to give your garden a boost of nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, boron, copper, manganese, sulfur, iron and silicon. How do you do that?  Gather about a pound of weeds and tie them into a cheese cloth or a pair of panty hose. In fact, create as many bundles as you need to cover your garden.  Then add a gallon water to each one and let it sit for two weeks.  It won’t smell great, but it will work wonders, the all-natural way.

Here’s another way to allow nature to work in your favor.  If you have chronic cold symptoms inside your own home or suffer mightily from allergies, you’ll find that certain kinds of plants can rid the air of the very bacteria and other pollutants that are making you sick.  Boston Fern, Peace Lily, and Chinese Evergreen are just three varieties of bacteria-eating indoor plants.  Or, for a more permanent and far-reaching solution to your indoor air quality problems, contact GBT Heating & Cooling and ask about a whole-house air filter.  You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel, night and day.

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