10 Natural Fertilizer Recipes

Go no further than your pantry, backyard or the beach for materials to make your own organic fertilizer:

    • BANANA PEELS  –  Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply throw one or two peels in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so they can compost naturally. Get bigger and more blooms. I also use banana peels on my vegetables. See more pictures and get many more recipes and tips in this eBook.
    • COFFEE GROUNDS  – Acid-loving plants such as tomatoes, blueberries, roses and azaleas may get a jolt out of coffee grounds mixed into the soil. But more likely it’s the nitrogen that helps. Sprinkled on top of the ground before watering or pour a liquid version on top of the soil. If using as a soil drench, soak 6 cups of coffee grounds in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Let it sit for 2-3 days and then saturate the soil around your plants.
    • EGG SHELLS  – Wash them first, then crush. Work the shell pieces into the soil near tomatoes and peppers. The calcium helps fend off blossom end rot. Eggshells are 93% calcium carbonate, the same ingredient as lime, a tried and true soil amendment! I use eggshells in my homemade potting mix. This gives me healthy, beautiful fruits fit for seed saving. Get the 7 Secrets to Saving Tomato Seed in the Home Garden.
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    • SEAWEEDFresh seaweed does not need to be washed before use to remove salt. Learn much about using seaweed and kelp. See examples. Asian markets sell dried seaweed. Both fresh and dried versions are considered excellent soil amendments. Seaweed contains trace elements and actually serves as a food source for soil microbes. Chop up a small bucket of seaweed and add it to 5 gallons of water.  Let it sit for 2-3 weeks loosely covered. Use it to drench the soil and foliage. 2 cups work well for a small plant, 4 cups for a medium plants and 6 cups for a large plant. Experiment with amounts. Combine seaweed with other tea fertilizers.
    • WEEDS  – You’ve got your own fertilizer growing under your feet!  Nettles, comfrey, yellow dock, burdock, horsetail and chickweed make wonderful homemade fertilizer. There are several ways you can use them to make your own brew or to speed up your compost pile. If your weeds have not gone to flower you can dry them in the sun and chop them up to use as a mulch. They are high in nitrogen and won’t rob your plants of nutrients. Borage (starflower) is an herb but for some people it’s a weed. It has many of the same nutritional properties as comfrey. I dry the entire plant, root and all, and put it in my compost tumbler. It helps break everything down and gives the pile and extra dose of heat. Some folks let the weeds soak for many days. For an extended brew, get out the bucket and your bandana! The bandana you’ll need for your nose because this technique gets stinky! I’m not a fan of fermented fertilizers but if you want to take the “putrid plunge” place a bunch of weed leaves and roots in a 5 gallon bucket. Weigh down the leaves with a brick to ensure the plant matter is covered and add water to cover. Stir weekly and wait 3-5 weeks for the contents to get thick an gooey. Then use that goo, diluted 1:10 or more as a soil drench fertilizer. To make it even more convenient, you can use two buckets and make a hole in the bottom of the bucket that contains the plants. The goo will seep through to the lower bucket.  It’s always best to apply the liquid fertilizer diluted – it should look like weak tea.
    • MOLASSESUsing molasses in compost tea supposedly increases microbes and the beneficial bacteria that microbes feed on. If you want to start out with a simple recipe for molasses fertilizer, mix 1-3 tablespoons of molasses into a gallon of water. Water your plants with this concoction and watch them grow bigger and healthier. 
    • HUMAN URINESounds disgusting, but urine is considered sterile if the body it’s coming from is healthy and free of viruses and infection. High in nitrogen, urea contains more phosphorous and potassium than many of the fertilizers we buy at the store! If serving tomatoes that have been fertilized with pee gives you the “willies”, try it in the compost pile. A good ratio of urine to water would be 1:8. You can collect a cup of urine and pour it into 8 cups of water in a plastic bucket used outside for fertilizing plants. Pour 2 cups around the perimeter of each SMALL plant. For MEDIUM plants add 4 cups and LARGE plants deserve a good 6 cups of your personal home brew.
    • GRASS CLIPPINGSRich in nitrogen, grass breaks down over time and enhances the soil. Fill a 5 gallon bucket full of grass clippings. You can even add weeds! Weeds soak up nutrients from the soil just as much as grass. Add water to the top of the bucket and let sit for a day or two. Dilute your grass tea by mixing 1 cup of liquid grass into 10 cups of water. Apply to the base of plants using the same amounts as listed above in the urine recipe.
    • MANUREWith a little effort, you’ll find folks that are giving away composted chicken, horse or cow manure for free. Composted and aged manure is best. Add the composted manure to a small permeable bag made from recycled cloth, e.g., a t-shirt or old towel. Let it steep in the shade for a few days and apply it to your soil to condition it before planting. Bury or discard the used bag. Some people use manure tea to soak bare root roses! 
    • CAT AND DOG FOODDepending on the dog food you recycle, this soil amendment may not be organic.  However, even the cheap stuff contains protein and micro-nutrients that benefit the soil. To prepare a garden plot for planting, sprinkle dry pet food on the bed, turn the soil and water. Let it decay naturally. To discourage wildlife from visiting for a snack, cover with cardboard until the food decomposes. The cardboard will also trap moisture and discourage weeds. Make sure the cardboard get wet all the way through and cover with mulch. Water thoroughly every week for four weeks. Soybean meal and alfalfa pellets from the grain store work great too. Sometimes grain stores will sell for cheap or give away spoiled grains. Check the feed for salt content and try not to add pet or animal food considered high in sodium. The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) recommends dry dog food contain a minimum of 3% sodium to support normal growth and development.
    • MY FAVORITE – WORM CASTINGSMake your own worm tea -it’s easy. Start with a handful of red wiggler worms and set them up with some tasty cardboard and kitchen scraps. Learn how. I started about 8 years ago and haven’t stopped since. Check out our video on composting with worms to see how easy it is to make this amazing fertilizer!
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“I throw so much stuff away everyday, now I can use a lot of it to make my soil better & fertilize my veggies! I like how the book is organized with lots of great information up front & then for each recipe it explains why it works, which plants will benefit from it, what to combine with it& how to make it several ways. It’s go a lot to work with. Any ideas for houseplants? Please write a book on homemade fertilizers for houseplants!”

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  1. Every 2-3 weeks would work well. Because it’s high in nitrogen, I would not use it before flowering plants create buds. You’ll get more green growth than blooms. If you’re interested in receiving a coupon for a discount off my new book about making homemade fertilizers, please contact me at homegrownfunfamily@gmail.com



  2. Thank you for this great information! I’m planting a rather large garden this year. Do you have any recommendation for which of the above fertilizers is best for carrots?

    • Alfalfa horse feed works great or any natural nitrogen source such as fish parts or tea. The key for vegetables such as cabbage, carrots and potatoes is to time your fertilizer and top dressings so that they are not applied too late in the growth cycle. For carrots, apply nitrogen fertilizer a few weeks into growth only. If you apply a month out or even closer to harvest, the carrots might split. I have more guidance and tips in the eBook 🙂

  3. I love what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the good works guys I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

  4. Hi, thanks for the information poste on this site, im starting to try using eggshells, banana peels and urine for my potted vegetables and i hope it will work… I am currently in Jeddah which is the humidity is my main problem. And my thyme and parsley are growing according to what i have expected.. I tried having it indoors next to my window, but still having problem.though some vegetables like lady fingers and bitter melon were growing very good.

  5. Make sure the manure is completely organic…meaning, the animals have to be fed food chemical free feed, (grain fields & hay fields weren’t sprayed with chemicals). I just read up on raising an organic garden using organic manures & fertilizers.

    • Great point and I’m glad I went into this in my new eBook. These comments are invaluable to me not only because they help me stay on track but it’s nice that you took the time to comment. Thank you!

  6. Make sure that the manures you are using are from animals that are raised on an organic diet, and don’t get shots of any kind. And that the fields they graze in are not sprayed with chemicals. That gets into their intestines & manure ends up with chemicals in it. Then that means it isn’t organic. So be sure it is PURELY ORGANIC.

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  8. Aged urine is absolutely devastating to our precious worms.
    In addition, salts accumulate and cause damage to plants in drier weather.
    Research carefully before using.

  9. A little tip for your aloe plants. One day I didn’t want to pour left over sweet tea down the sink and gave it instead to the aloe plant. The next day it had the nicest shade of green color. Maybe a little bit of sugar makes the moisture go down?

    • Hmmm, I won’t turn my nose up to this idea at all. I’ll have to experiment! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experiences Gruntma!

    • I used to own aloes. You could say that they like coffee. I gave them a extra 1/2 cup of coffee every other day or so. They were approx. 48″ in diameter and 36″ in height when I finally got rid of them.

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  11. Cant we add human excrement (which is also called nightsoil) or the poop from infant diapers? but here the problem is processing them for this

    • I doubt it because humans tend to eat too much processed foods, which could pass those chemicals into the soil & into the plants. I know our body filters things, but not all of it.

  12. Be careful to research urine. There are oxygen-exposure issues, fresh and aged application, but most of all, accumulated salts that can damage plant roots. I found my best research for processing and usage on sites promoting Third World gardening (where they’re not so squeamish). Add to that chemical elements and their effect on plants before you go saturating and re-saturating your garden with this wonderful commodity. I strongly suggest saving heartache with research: salt-tolerant and intolerant plants first!
    I also wish all sites that suggest using human urine as fertilizer would post these things so people are aware. It’s tough when a garden suffers from salt overload – especially in land where there is little rain to wash away the excess. Please research for the sake of your garden.

    • You know I agree with you and may add some info on that. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve read a lot of research on using urine as fertilizer and it’s interesting to see how they capture and store it in other countries. If the soil doesn’t drain well salt could be an issue and certain plants don’t grow well in salty soils such as beans and carrots. Moderation is key. Dilute it and don’t pee (water with pee) in the same spot! 🙂

  13. Hi really grateful for the post as I’m trying to look after my house plants before I ‘engineer’ my indoor hydroponics farm. The ‘pee’ fertilizer made me wonder, especially as I’m no expert, but urine kills grass. How come plants with a ratio of urine to water 1:4 is okay? What kills the grass?

    • Hi Daniel,

      If we peed on the same spot on the lawn every day it would probably start to look dead 🙂 I think that’s why dog urine seems to kill grass. You got me thinking so I looked up the chemical makeup of human vs. canine urine and it seems to be pretty close. Female dogs squat and it saturates a smaller area vs. a male’s spray.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by. I’m writing a book with “100 Homemade Fertilizer Recipes” and have a ton of photos to include. I’m not up to the urine section yet and need to come up with some good photos for that – have some ideas, we’ll see!

      Have a good week!

    • Find a copy of the book, Liquid Gold. The woman who wrote the book has been researching this topic for years.


  14. Hello,
    I am new to composting but I am going to start my own with the worms you listed. I have many questions, first question is, I watched that video and noticed you had fresh soil within a week of composting but you stated “no worms.” Where did they go? I know it’s a stupid question lol but are they at the bottom or do they die? can you mix red and european wigglers together? Can you add rabbit poo to the compost pile? I have rabbit poo and wondering if you can add it straight to the soil? Do you add it or sprinkle it on top cuz I added them to all my houseplants this morning and it’s sitting on the top…some I pushed into the soil…not sure if there’s a specific way of doing this? How many worms should I purchase if I use a 35 gallon bin and am I supposed to poke holes all over it? Thank you and sorry for so many questions.

    • I answered most of my questions about the setup by clicking on more info on the how to keep the worm compost.

    • Hi Kim, I saw your latest reply about figuring out answers to your composting questions. Sorry I’m late in responding – been working a lot on our school garden. We’re making kale chips tomorrow and sampling Asian greens. Wednesday I’m bringing in mini worm bins for a kindergarten class.

      On rabbit poo, you could use it diluted around flowering plants that are not edible – making sure that it does not come in contact with edibles even with water runoff. It’s higher in nitrogen than sheep, horse, chicken and cow manure so you don;t want to over do it. Because it’s high in phosphorus it works great on flowering and fruiting plants. Adding it to a garden bed, raised or in the ground 4 months before planting would be safe and smart to ensure it has enough time to decompose. If you want to push it, work it into the top layer of soil 90 days before planting crops that will not touch the ground. Adding it to a compost pile or bin is even better because it will heat up the contents and help the process move along faster. Once it’s fully composted it will work well for edibles.

      How is the worm composting going?

      Thanks for your comment and feel free to comment here or email me at homegrownfunfamily@gmail.com if you have any more questions.


  15. My personal Experience which i heard once from a friend, and then applied, and still applying it for several years now, using sperm (of my husband) to fertilize my plants, u can mix it with water or just add it to the pot directly for my indoors plants.. for some plants it worked in a great way.. once a month i think is enough.. seems weird for some people, but.. IT WORKS!!

    • martin LMAO awful…smh
      Murrbina I think I will try this if all else fails lmfao

  16. I have meal and super worms from my kids lizards, will those work in place of red worms for composting. also have dead crickets can I do anything with those? I have rabbit poop with timothy hay, can I put that directly on bean plants(planted in containers) or would it be better to make a tea out of it?

    • I don’t think mealworms or superworms will do the job of composting very well. Red wigglers or European wigglers would be the way to go. Superworms turn into beetles. I think mealworms eventually do too, 10 days to hang around as eggs from the beetle, then another 100 as a worm and 30 days as pupae.

      Dead crickets are a good fish bait. I bet you;ll be able to find guidance online on how to attach them to the hook.

      Now rabbit poop is awesome. It’s considered a cold compost so the chances of passing on pathogen is not so big when you don’t compost it first. That said, I would make a tea out of it because it would have less surface area and therefore would decompose faster. Worm poo is the only poo I regularly add to the my garden veggies, sometimes i place it on top and water it in, sometimes I stick it in a bucket and make a tea.

      Your kids would love composting with worms – their easy to get these days by mail order or locally at garden shops or even ads on Craigslist. I use a simple plastic tub with holes. We went out the other day and the worms were so loud we could hear them before looking inside.

      Thanks for coming by and sounds like you have a fun family!

  17. Thanks for shaeing your thoughts about natural fertilizers.


  18. Really informative page. I learned some things. I’ll say this about the urine. About four months ago I planted grapes in the back yard near the corner. Concord on the left and some kind of red on the right. Demo (my yellow lab) pees on the red grape several times a week. It is at least four feet tall. The concord on the left is still only at a foot and a half tall. Demo ONLY pees on the red grape. I will now start peeing on the blue grape. Let’s see what happens.

    • Now that’s an experiment! Something we might do in our own backyard : )

  19. Regarding eggshells, break them up into slightly larger pieces, place them around the stem of tomato plants to prevent cutworms! They will not cross the eggshells to get to your tomato plants.

    Also, I put banana peels on my clipped back rose bushes all winter long. But in the summer, I cut back on feeding them this, and just put any banana peels in a baggie in the freezer, come winter I have plenty for feeding my roses.

    • Eggshells are awesome, I always catch the kids before they attempt to thrown any away – I give them that look of “you know I keep those” 🙂

  20. I have been putting all my veggies, egg shells, potato peel and anything else I cut off in the kitchen, put it in a blender, instead of water I throw my left over tea bags soaked in water and blend it all to a liquid. it saves all the time of waiting for the compost pile, I mix it straight in the dirt. Now the compost does not have anything but leaves, dead plants and any other garden matter so there is no attraction for unwanted pests.

    • This is what I do to feed my worms – good stuff – they compost it quickly!

  21. Hi
    Just starting my garden I am trying to make a liquid fertilizer out of old organic vegetable and fruit scraps and lawn clippings.I have it all in a 5 gallon bucket with some water.its been about 2 weeks.can I use this on my garden as a fertilizer? If I can how should I apply? Will this work?

    • Don’t use the “tea” straight, a 1 to 4, tea to water solutions will work just fine.

  22. Chicken manure should be used judiciously. It is high in salts and very HOT. If not given sufficient time to break down, it will burn a plant to death. High in Nitrogen also. Good for leafy plants, but can be overkill for plants producing fruits and veg instead of just leaf.

  23. G’day Cindy,
    nice site and love what ya doing with the kids.Just a tad of what I’m doing with my weed tea’s, if you use a fish tank air pump when soaking you will get aerobic as well as anaerobic actions happening within the liquid which in turn boosts whats actually happening within the organic medium you plant in.I found this out through some Sth American agro scientists and have had super excellent results.Weed teas that aren’t aerated are beneficial in fighting common plant diseases.

    • Are you an Aussie?

  24. I will have to try some of these that I haven’t tried before.
    Thanks for the good ideas.

  25. Urine will also terminate ant hills!

  26. Good morning,

    My question is with molasses, can I add molasses to a kelp/seaweed solution for use in watering?

    Thank you and good day,

    • Absolutely. Adding molasses to any compost tea will cause the microbes to grow more, whichinturnhelp the minute fungi present in the soil. Make sure to mix the tea, whether with a stone pump or with a stick. You will see the foamy presence. When tea starts smelling pretty rank, mix in more water, stir some more for a few days, and use again.

      I use earth worm casting + compost + molasses + urine, mix it up for a few days, dilute 1:2 with water, and drench. Some people i know use it sparingly, i use it about once a week.

      The same batch of tea can be mixed over and over for a few weeks, just keep adding water and stir.

      If you are usong as a foliar spray, mix 1:8 or higher. Because its organic you should be able to dilute it less for root drenches without adverse effects.

      Another ewc alternative is insect frass. Although a bit espensive, it works against all kinds of pests and is a great fertilizer.

      Last note, compost teas are imo more for the beneficial microbes and to keep your soil alive, not so much for fertilizer. Just my opinion.

    • Almost forgot. Try to not use chlorinated water, which will kill microbes. If youar e using chlorinated water (i.e. Tap water or outdoor hose water) let it sit uncovered for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

  27. I have two goats and would like to know if can you use the black soil from there pee or there poop pellets for your garden? plus I grind up used coffee grounds and egg shells for fertilizer, the red worms that i put in my raised bed garden really like coffee grounds. This is my first food garden and could use the advise. Thank you.

    • All animal manures can be used with caution. As stated in other replies if not allowed to “age”, (dissipation of the ammonia content) it can burn the plants. Again a 1 to 4 or 5, manure tea to water is a safe bet. Urine should also be used diluted, 1 to 4 as it is too strong to use straight. Now your trees and hardy shrubs can stand straight urine just be sure to apply in a different spot around the base of the tree/shrub and the drip line.

      With the grass, kitchen scraps and weed compost teas you should cover them and stir a couple of time a week for the first 2-weeks while they’re cooking. Remember, too much of a good thing can be bad for plants so always dilute your “teas” before applying to the garden, this way you’ll always have a starter batch and won’t run out over the course of the summer. Don’t store it near the house and open windows, for obvious noxious reason.

      Your house plants will like a bit of the tea too, especially that with leftover coffee, coffee grounds and teabags.


  28. The part about human urine made me nod in agreement……my father used to go out every night and pee under the lemon tree…….had the best lemons in the neighbourhood!!!! Juicy, smooth and thin skinned, you could almost eat them like an orange…..almost!!!!! LOL

    • I am worried that using urine around the plants would create a bad smell. Whats you take on this?

      • Hi Rosa, you’ll dilute the urine with water quite a bit and not add too much at one time. Use four times as much water as urine. Use it soon after you get it so it doesn’t stink in storage – that’s when it will smell! Mixed with the soil and its natural organisms, it should not have an unpleasant odor.

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  30. Dear Sir/Madam,

    i have a coconut plantation contains with 1000 trees.i need a make fertilizer with home .advise for how to make in home.i am waiting for your reply.

    • Not knowing the area you’re in it would be difficult to advise you.

      All of the grass, weed, leaves, kitchen scraps and manures could be collected in large barrels to make the tea in. You would need to determine where to locate the barrels centrally if possible and loaded the tanks on a tractor or truck, with the diluted compost tea to distribute around each tree. You could even experiment with different compositions of the teas to see which works best for the coconut trees. How much to use per tree is something you would need to determine depending on the depth of the roots and other factors pertaining to the soil and drainage.

      It would be interesting to see what you find with your new compost teas and how the coconut trees like them and which they prefer.

      Be advised, I’ve never seen a live coconut tree so these “suggestions” are what I would do if I had an orchard here.

  31. Comfrey leaves left to soak in water for a few weeks makes
    excellent fertilizer stinks to high heaven though so not for the feint hearted!

  32. Hi. I was wondering if Rabbit poop is ok for gardens as fertilizer ?

    • Rabbit poop makes excellent fertilizer! It’s ready to use, and won’t burn the plants. My daughter left her rabbit with us after she moved out; when she comes over to clean the rabbit cage she puts the contents on the garden.

  33. I have 2 wood burning stoves- I know some plants like woodash but which ones?

    • All plants love woodash, or potash. Make sure you use it sparingly as it can be very acidic and inturn lock out the nutrients in your plants (or burn them if overfertilized). I just throw mine into the compost pile and use in the tea, no problems yet.

      Usong a stove i assume you habe quite a bit. Chck a bit more on the web for info. Imo its one of the natural fertilizers you have to know more about before adding as fertilizer.

  34. Careful with cornmeal… if it’s NOT organic, it’s definitely GMO! And that would defeat the purpose, now wouldn’t it? 😉

  35. If urine fertilizer donor is taking prescription drugs, is urine still ok to use for a vegetable garden ? If you don’t have a cover-all answer, kindly refer me to a website that can help with this question.

    Many thanks!

    Peter Sholley

    • Hey Peter! From what I’ve read, it’s not a good idea to use urine if you’re taking prescription drugs. I would hit up a select few of your closest friends and family : )

  36. yes the greenhouse looks nice,thanks

  37. Hi there are a few items you mention which i am confuse,sorry i know nothing about fertilizer and need your advise,THanks.

    1:fish emulsion – human being can eat as well?
    2:compost tea – How do you made it?
    3:powdered fish meal – Is it food for fish or how could we made?
    4:Liquid fish emulsion – Is it food for fish or how could we made?

    • Hi Jason, I’m working like crazy on school projects and it took me a while to get back to you. If you want to see what I’m up to, please visit me on Facebook.com/homegrownfun I just posted a bit about using borage to make fertilizer. There will be much more to come as well. I’m writing my first eBook on this very subjct…

      Now, let’s get down to your questions:
      1. & 4. I would make your own fish emulsion by taking clean, unspoiled fish (maybe freezer burned or out of date) or unseasoned/uncooked scraps from a meal and placing in a large bucket that has a lid with holes or make something that will work. Add some water (I add approx 1 gallon per pound of fish) and let that stuff sit for a few weeks. It will stink like crazy but you could add coffee ground to take some of the odor away. I just discovered yesterday that some fish emulsions you buy at the store contain heavy metals so making your own, although gross, would be better. I would NOT eat concentrated, fermented fish made in this manner.
      2. Make a compost tea by simply taking a sock full of compost or worm castings and steeping in water for a day or two. Drench the soil around your plants and apply every two weeks during the growing season.
      3. Powdered fish meal can be made by sun-drying fish and grinding it up. The stuff you buy in the store goes through a production process. I like this link for more info: http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/tan/x5926e/x5926e01.htm

      Hope this helps and I hope I see you on Facebook soon!

      • We grow Comfrey to make balms etc. Comfrey leaves or surplus plants added to a water barrel and left to steep for a few weeks make a great fertilizer “tea” for plants. It smells pretty awful but the plants love it and the smell dissipates quickly once the liquid soaks into the soil. Easier to keep the water barrel clean if you put the comfrey in a mesh bag before immersing it.

      • Good notes on the fish emulsion. While a wonderful fertilizer it can cause problems. It attracts mammals and insects, so you need to be careful when using.

        • Matthew, all your comments are helpful and much appreciated – just a quick thank you!


  39. Any ideas for fertilizing waterlilies naturally or with some tablets that do no harm to fishes?

    • After looking around I found that organic cornmeal is used in pellet form to reduce algae in ponds. Cornmeal is high in phosphorus and that would benefit lilies. However, as you implied, you would not want to harm your fish. I read several forums where folks were using cornmeal in fish ponds but they were very careful with the amount used. Too much and oxygen would be depleted. The last article I read had some good information that I think you would benefit from. “Organic Corn Meal for Ponds” http://homeguides.sfgate.com/organic-corn-meal-ponds-50920.html Hope this helps – thanks for stopping by!

  40. Hey

    When making grass clipping tea do you only pour then liquid on ? Do you mix the clippings into the soil as well ?

    Also when making dandelion tea do you put just the flower ? or stalk as well ?

    Thanks : )

    • Hi Katie, Thanks for our questions! I use the entire weed, root and all to make compost tea and use only the liquid from weeds and grass to fertilize. One tip I learned years ago is that some weed roots will not compost well unless you have a nice hot pile so make sure they’re really “cooked’ : ) I think a video might be good showing the 10 Natural Fertilizers. What do you think?


    • Hi Lina, thanks for visiting! I never thought of trying to combine everything. It makes me think of a kid’s story by Czeck writer Josef Capek with Doggy and Pussycat. They make a cake using everything they could possibly find around the house including gherkins, mice and sausages. But no bread! It came out disgusting and bubbled and spit while cooking. Unfortunately a stray dog ate it and groaned in pain for weeks!

      I’m not sure how a super fertilizer would work with all these surprising ingredients or if it would gurgle and ooze while mixing it in our caldrons! Let me know what happens if you try it : )

    • Yes, just make sure to dilute it more. For example, i use 1l of compost/ewc in my compost tea, which i dilute 1:2 and worls great for soil drenching.

      If you add many of the ingredients above, it would probably be more than 1L of material, hence your tea will be much stronger and you need to dilute it more.

      The great thing about organics is its more difficult to overfertilize. More difficult dos not mean impossible. Speakong from experience, you cann burn your plants wih organic fertilizers.

      Dont try it on all your plants at once. Try it on a few select and see how ot goes. It took me a good two seasons to get my tea dialed in to what i wanted, trial and error, trial and error

  42. Ha ha loved the article about human urine. Makes me wonder if I should send my 5 year old out to pee in my flower beds. Thanks for the interesting tips.

    • I really need a cartoonist, don’t ya think? Perfect material

      Thanks for stopping by again!

    • hI,i would like to use it for the pepper,what would you recommend from the
      10 Natural Fertilizer Recipes list.Thanks

      • Hi! I’m studying more on this subject these days, preparing an eBook for Amazon. Here’s what I think would work great for peppers based on my research and experience:

        Prepare the beds well in advance (a couple months prior to planting) with lots of organic matter like compost, manure and/or worm castings. Then during the growing season, fertilize with fish emulsion and compost tea – these will provide nitrogen and other nutrients naturally. You can make the compost tea from well-aged manure, worm castings and/or powdered fish meal. Place a half a cup of the stuff in a sock and let it soak in a bucket or watering can for at least a few hours or a day. Drench the soil around your peppers. Liquid fish emulsion also works great mixed with water as per instructions on the product you buy. Or you can get really adventurous and take fish parts, soak them in water for a few days and use that. Stinkier the homemade way!

        Consistent watering is key too. And make sure the soil is moist before applying any fertilizer so that the nutrients can be absorbed by the soil and plants instead of say finding a dry crack to seep through as is the case a lot with containers. I hope you contact me again an let me know how that works or fill me in on any good ideas you might have. I’m on Facebook these days posting some tips on DIY soil amendments and more. http://www.Facebook.com/HomeGrownFun Thanks for visiting Jason and hope to hear from you again soon! Did this help?

    • don’t. urine will kill worms on contact. it needs to be diluted.

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