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How to Make Your Own Organic Liquid Fertilizer

Here’s how to make your own DIY container garden fertilizer!

My favorite way to fertilize my container garden is in my watering can. It’s just so easy to add fertilizer to a task I already am doing: watering. No digging in fertilizer (which can be a pain if you have mulched or top dressed your pots). No trying to convert instructions meant for huge yards into something workable for a container garden. Perhaps the only thing as easy is slow-release fertilizer, but very few of those are organic, and if you live somewhere with a lot of spring and summer rain, slow-release fertilizers can be transformed into very-fast-release fertilizers.

So, how does one make their own liquid fertilizer? It’s easy, actually. You just add a small amount of organic, dry fertilizer to a full watering can, and let it soak for a while.

Organic Liquid Fertilizer Recipes

Most watering cans are either 1 or 2-gallon cans. It’s important to know how large your watering can is because most of these recipes call for 1-gallon increments. If you have a two-gallon watering can, simply double the recipe.

  • Guano Tea – Let 1 Tablespoon of seabird or bat guano soak in 1 gallon of water for 24 hours. Water with the guano tea twice a month.
  • Clean Air Worm Tea – Add 2 cups of worm castings and a half teaspoon of molasses to one gallon of water. Allow soaking for 1-2 days, stirring often. Add 1/2 cup of the liquid to a spray bottle, along with 2 cups of water. Spray it onto the leaves of your plants. Peppers especially like it. The remaining liquid can be used to water your plants. Here’s the detailed recipe.
  • Dry Fertilizer Turned Liquid – If you have an organic fertilizer that looks like coarse dust, you can add a cup of fertilizer to a gallon of water. Let it sit for a day. Water your plants twice a month with the tea.
  • Moo Poo Tea – Let one manure tea bag soak in a five-gallon bucket filled with water. Place the bucket in the sun for 1 to 3 days. Water your plants as frequently as once a week with the moo poo tea

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