Everyone wants a rich and vibrant garden. But how do you make a garden make heads turn and project the beauty you have always craved for? In this guide, you’ll learn simple techniques that you can use to supercharge your soil and improve your garden’s potential for success.
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5 Easy Tips for Improving Your Garden
There are various techniques for improving your garden to end up with healthy plants. These techniques are beneficial on their own but provide the most significant improvement when used in conjunction with others. Perhaps no other technique is as crucial as improving your soil in the quest for vibrant plants.
Here are five techniques you can start implementing today to supercharge your garden soil and make your plants grow vibrantly.
i) Use Homemade Fish Emulsion Fertilizer
One of the natural ways of making your vegetable garden productive within a short period is by applying fish emulsion fertilizer on the soil. This fertilizer provides the soil with rich organic nutrients that will make plants grow strong and healthy. What’s more, this fertilizer acts as a bug repellant!
Extracting fish emulsion fertilizer is laborious. However, the fertilizer is easy and economical to use once placed in bottles. The emulsion oil is packed with useful organic oil that makes the fertilizer viscous. Therefore, shake the fertilizer bottles vigorously before applying the mix on your garden soil.
ii) Use Old Coffee Grounds In The Garden
Have some old coffee grounds lying around? Sprinkle them in the garden. Coffee grounds are excellent mulch for plants that require acidic soils, such as:
- Fragrant gardenia plants
- Holly bushes
- Azalea plants, flowers, and shrubs
- Blueberry bushes
Decomposing coffee grounds produce nitrogen, which is vital in the production of chlorophyll and amino acids in plants.
iii) Use Eggshells In The Garden
Did you know eggshells can provide garden soil with critical nutrients required to make vegetables flourish? Instead of throwing eggshells in the trash bin, spread them around the garden!
Eggshells are rich in calcium and other nutrients required by plants. Here are two ways of supercharging your garden using eggshells:
- Use eggshells as fertilizers to add calcium to your compost. The shells decompose fast and, therefore, do not have to be grounded or sterilized before use. You can place the eggshells directly into the bottom of planting holes or distribute them around the garden.
- Use eggshells to keep pests away. You can keep snails and slugs away from your vegetable garden by sprinkling coarsely crumbled eggshells around your plants. The sharp edges of the shells will deter snails and slugs by irritating their sensitive feet and bellies.
iv) Banana Peel Plant Fertilizer
Making fertilizer with banana peels is another way of adding nutrients to your vegetable garden soil. Banana peels are rich in crucial nutrients, including phosphorous, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.
Preparing banana fertilizer is simple and doesn’t take ages. You need about four banana peels, three eggshells, a tablespoon of Epsom salt, and water. Dry the banana peels and eggshells, then ground them together. From there, add water and Epsom salt to the grounded mixture, shake well in a bottle and sprinkle the resulting mixture on the garden soil.
v) Manure Tea For Your Garden
Using manure tea is another way of enriching your garden soil with essential nutrients needed by flowers and vegetables. The manure is packed with nitrogen and is an affordable alternative to the commercial chemical fertilizers available on the market. Moreover, since the manure is natural, you can be sure that the soil will not be damaged.
Manure tea has various natural micronutrients and enzymes that are not found in chemical fertilizers. Moreover, since it is ready for use in liquid form, it penetrates the soil and reaches the roots of the plants quickly for faster absorption.
Preparing manure tea is simple. You need some manure, an old sack or pillowcase, a rope, water, and an empty storage container. Follow the steps below to prepare the slurry:
- Put fully decomposed manure in the sack or pillowcase and use the rope to tie the open end to prevent the fertilizer from falling off.
- Fill the storage container with about 10 gallons of water and place the sack or pillowcase into it.
- Let the manure brew until it fully dissolves. This process should take two to three days.
- When the manure has dissolved, the water in the container will have turned to dark brown. This is the manure tea, and it is ready for use.
Spray the manure tea on the soil around the roots of your vegetables; this adds vital nutrients to the soil and helps build beneficial bacterial that help the plants absorb even more nutrients keeping your plants and soil healthy.
Supercharging your garden for exponential growth is not as difficult or expensive as you may think. Use the above natural solutions to enrich your garden soil to get vibrant plants.