Organic Ways to Feed Your Plants
If you want your leafy crops and salads to flourish, you won’t be able to do this without supplying them with a rich source of nitrogen. There are a few easy ways to do this, the first way to do this involves everyone’s favourite weed, nettles. If you have some nettles near by you can take advantage of them but putting them in a bucket of water and allowing them to soak for two weeks, by the end you should have a nice supply of nettle tea. The liquid itself may small a bit pungent but it’s full of nitrogen and other nutrients perfect for plant growing. Chicken manure pellets are another excellent way to supply nitrogen to your compost and they’re fairly cheap too.
You will regularly need to supply additional potassium to plants like runner beans, tomatoes, strawberries, squash and chillies. Again, there are a few ways of doing this. The easiest way to achieve this is by simply purchasing yourself some bottled tomato feed, though it seems rather specific it’ll do for any of these plants too. The most organic way to do it however would be to soak some comfrey leaves in water for around a week to make yourself some comfrey tea which is an excellent source of potassium. The best place to find comfrey is by canals or in town marshes where it grows in abundance. Be warned though if you feared the smell of nettle tea this will certainly make you groan.
Vitamins and Minerals
Much like us, all living things need to be getting their daily dose of vitamins and minerals in. A great way to do this for your plants is by using liquid seaweed which is an excellent source of them. Try adding it to your water once a week and this should keep your plants nice and healthy. If you’re looking to save on the stuff you can instead add some to a spray bottle and spray the leaves individually. Alternatively, you may want to consider adding some rock dust to your soil, this is a really simple way of allowing your plants to get their daily dose.
Healthy soil is an absolute must when it comes to caring for your garden inhabitants, a good example of this contains a wide and wonderful array of invisible fungi and bacteria that digest the delightful nutrients you’re adding to it. These then release it into the roots of your plants and allow them to feel the benefits in order to grow healthily. There are a few products you can purchase in order to ensure your soil is the best it can be, mycorrhizal fungi is one way of doing this but the best is probably a worm compost or worm tea, which you can make yourself at home by using a wormery. This should provide the best foundations for your crops and allow them to flourish before you know it.