Did you know that you can make at least seven effective fertilizers in your very own backyard? Let me step you through the process of making fertilizers at home. Here are the ones that I talk about;
- Worm castings
- Worm Wee tea
- Liquid Fertilizer
- Urine (yes I went there)
- Chicken manure
- Coffee grounds
All are very effective additions to any backyard veggie patch giving the soil and your plants a boost a couple of times a year. If you are really interested in Urine which is the easiest and most abundant (after a few home-brew beers) homemade fertilizer, then here is some more info from Wikipedia.
Urine contains large quantities of nitrogen (mostly as urea), as well as significant quantities of dissolved phosphates and potassium, the main macronutrients required by plants, with urine having plant macronutrient percentages (i.e. NPK) of approximately 11-1-2 by one study or 15-1-2 by another report, illustrating that exact composition varies with diet. Undiluted, it can chemically burn the roots of some plants, but it can be used safely as a source of complementary nitrogen in carbon-rich compost.
When diluted with water (at a 1:5 ratio for container-grown annual crops with fresh growing medium each season, or a 1:8 ratio for more general use), it can be applied directly to soil as a fertilizer. The fertilization effect of urine has been found to be comparable to that of commercial fertilizers with an equivalent NPK rating. Urine contains most of the NPK nutrients excreted by the human body.
It really is great stuff and it is such a shame to flush it down the loo.
Well listeners and readers, I hope you found my tips interesting, enlightening, and helpful for your garden.
May your garden grow abundantly and be bountiful!