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5 easy, organic homemade fertilizers for your garden

Hi there, it’s Alexandra from the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel and blog and I’m here at the Abbey Physic Community garden in Faversham to find out five easy recipes for DIY fertilizers. They’re organic and free or very cheap, so they’ll save you money. They’re easy to do and we can all
do them. These homemade fertilizers are environmentally friendly and wildlife
friendly. And one of the things about environmentally-friendly tips is it’s
not just about minimizing the use of the earth’s resources but it also does save
you money because obviously you’re using less of everything. The Abbey Physic
Community Garden provides therapy and skills training in horticulture for
people isolated by mental or physical issues or socio-economic disadvantage and
it’s also for the community in general. There’s art and craft training,
horticulture training, a Men’s Shed, a community kitchen and a Happy Cafe so
people can learn how to cook what they grow. The gardening’s environmentally
friendly and wildlife friendly and done on a very tight budget ,so the
tips I’m passing on should save you money. And they’re easy to do – with so
many people involved in a community garden
things that are tricky to do or require a lot of expertise really aren’t
practical. The first fertilizer is a liquid fertilizer made of well rotted
manure. When you get your well rotted manure from the farm or from the garden
center, fill a bucket three quarters full of manure and about
quarter full of water and then leave it for a week. Drain that off, put the manure on the
beds – you haven’t wasted it at all. Then then use the liquid as a concentrated liquid
fertilizer. You’ll need to dilute it about one to five and then you add it to
plants. If you can grow comfrey or if you can find nettles on the roadside both of
these also make a very good fertilizer tea. And this is as simple as simply
cutting off about a bucket full of comfrey or nettle leaves and throwing them into a water
butt like this. Now the only problem is that as the leaves rot down they can
block up the tap of the butt, so one of the tips from the Abbey Physic Community
garden is to stuff your bucket of comfrey leaves or nettle leaves into a
pair of tights and soak the tights with the comfrey or nettle leaves in the water. It’ll be two to four weeks to stew – basically until it stops smelling. Then you’ve got
a liquid that you can use. Take the tights out of the water butt, cut them up and throw the old comfrey or nettle leaves
on the compost heap. Comfrey or nettle tea
should look about the color of weak tea so if it looks too strong, dilute it with
water until you’ve more or less got a very weak cup of coffee or tea without
milk or sugar look. Hungry plants get extra
treatment in this garden like these Trombocina squashes. This trombocino squash has benefited from fertilizer made with lasagna gardening. Now lasagna gardening
is something you can do for a whole bed or you can just do it around a few
plants. Ideally you’d start with a piece of upside-down turf or you might use
grass clippings, then you add some cardboard, some leaf mould and some compost
from your garden and just layer it until the top layer is compost, so you can’t
actually see it. It just looks like earth. This will slowly rot down – it’s like a
mini compost heap it’ll slowly rot down to feed the plant around it. I think this
would probably be very good for roses because they are quite hungry plants.
Lasagna gardening is hugely helpful for people who have quite difficult soils
like a heavy clay soil that really doesn’t drain well or possibly a very
light and sandy soil which gets very hungry and it is huge help when we’re having a
hot summer because actually it also helps prevent water from evaporating. if you or a friend is having a lawn laid
and there are some pieces of turf left over, you can make some wonderfully
fertile topsoil out of this. Simply leave the upturned turf turned upside down in
a pile and let it all rot down until the grass disappears and you’ll have
something that is so rich and nourishing to put on your beds. Leaf litter is
also extremely useful on beds. You don’t have to let it rot down completely. Gather
up your leaves at the end of the autumn, put them in a bag, possibly in chicken
wire in a heap or in a pile. Make sure they’re really wet and just let them rot
down a bit. When it comes to spring use that as a mulch on your vegetable patch,
use it to mulch round roses – anywhere you want to mulch. It really does help to
retain moisture in the soil. It’s best to shred leaves when you’re composting them
down quickly, so if you’ve got a lot of leaves in your lawn, run the lawnmower
across it and then you’ll have some nicely chopped up leaves. Just keep them
in a pile, make sure they’re moist, make sure the air gets to them. In the spring they won’t be fully decomposed but you can still use them as
a fabulous leaflet litter mulch. There are links to the Abbey Physic
community garden in the description below and if you’ve enjoyed this please
do hit ‘like’ because then I’ll know you’d like more environmentally friendly and
budget-friendly tips for your garden and if you want your garden to look gorgeous
but you don’t want to spend too much time or money on it because you’re busy
and you have other things to do then subscribe to the Middlesized Garden
YouTube channel for tips, ideas inspiration and easy ways of doing
things. Thank you for watching, goodbye


  1. Orchid Garden Author

    I love your videos. Could you possible do a video on how to stake perennials? I’m having trouble with big yarrow plants that are blooming beautifully, but are so top heavy they are drooping. Same with peonies, and some huge salvia. Thank you!


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