Commercial fertilizer can be costly and harmful to the environment. As an alternative, look instead to your very own kitchen, and the scraps that you throw away each day.
Food scraps contain substantial nutrients that can aid in a plant's growth and overall health. Look no further than these three everyday food scraps and leftovers to nourish your garden with.
Bananas are rich in potassium. The peel itself contains this alkaline metal. Save your peels for the garden instead of the local landfill. Plant them under or by the roots of your flowers or shrubs. As an option, you can also cut up the peel, blend it with some water, and pour over the roots of your plants.
Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, minerals, calcium, potassium, and copper, substances that prove most helpful to growing plants. Mix the grounds with the soil before planting, or re-pack the soil around the roots, putting in the grounds. A few tablespoons or a cup will do, depending on the type or the size of the plant. You can also sprinkle the grounds around the roots and leave as is, with a little watering.
Calcium makes up roughly 98 percent of an egg shell. It's a highly valuable supplement to plants. After you've eaten your breakfast of scrambled eggs or sunny side up, wash the eggshells clean. Ground them into fine, almost powdery bits and sprinkle around the roots of your plants, shrubs, or trees.