As a frugal gardener and plant keeper, I really like to make my own fertilizer/compost, etc.
Here's a super easy method that you can make at home.
Generally, I start a new batch of this whenever I run out of the old stuff.
Save the coffee grounds from your latest roast and add them to a large mason jar, old ice cream bucket, whatever is on hand. Some people say not to
use plastic, as it might leech whatever chemicals are in there into the fertilizer and then into your plants...I'm not too worried, but I have a huge
pickle jar that I use especially for fertilizer tea.
Add enough water to cover the grounds by one inch. As the days go by, add in your old egg shells. Crush them down with a stick, or an old wooden
spoon. Add enough waterto cover, just keep doing this until the jar is almost full. I also add any discarded greens to the mix, and I swear it makes
a difference, but I can't really quantify that statement.
Once your tea jar is full, let it steep in a sunny place for a few days or a few weeks, it's not fussy. Visit it every few days and unscrew the lid
to make sure too many gasses don't accumulate in thereand scare the crap out of you when its time to strain it.
When you're ready to use the tea, strain it using cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or a fine mesh strainer. Use it diluted, 1/4 cup of tea to 1 litre
of water. I use this on allof my house plants and garden plants usually every two weeks or so. They really love it.
Right now I'm rehabbing this zoo zoo/zaa zaa/ I have no idea...plant for a friend. Should be a fun project.
Enjoy, cheap people of the world.
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