Nothing tastes as good as freshly harvested tomatoes from your own garden. But to get the best out of your plants, they need to be fertilized regularly. However, it can be difficult to find a good tomato fertilizer on the market that is completely safe for your garden. However, there is a solution! Making tomato fertilizer yourself is surprisingly easy. In addition, such a fertilizer is guaranteed to contain only beneficial organic matter, so it is completely safe to use for both outdoor and indoor plants. Here’s the most important thing you should know about it…
What natural fertilizers can you use for tomatoes?
Plant and fertilize tomatoes like a pro
Make tomato fertilizer yourself
Preparing your own plant fertilizer is an easy way to ensure your growing plants are getting all the nutrients they need.
The two most important nutrients that tomato plants need are phosphorus and calcium.
Phosphorus promotes healthy growth. Phosphorus plays a key role in respiration, protein synthesis, and photosynthesis, and supplies water to the cells of the developing fruit. In other words, a regular dose of phosphorus promotes healthy plants, robust root systems, large flowers and fruit formation.
Calcium helps prevent problems like blossom end rot. It is an unsightly disease that causes sunken holes in the fruit. Calcium also supports cell development and function. Finally, it plays a key role in pollen germination.
Grow tomatoes in your own garden
Growing tomatoes also need a little nitrogen. This contributes to the development of healthy, strong vines. It also promotes the formation of healthy, green foliage. However, you must be careful not to give your plants too much nitrogen. Overdosing encourages the formation of too much foliage at the expense of flowering and fruiting.
Balanced fertilizers promote the growth of garden plants
A balanced fertilizer promotes healthy growth and fruiting.
Another important nutrient is potassium. It helps increase fruit yield. It also ensures that the fruit is of good quality.
Tomatoes also need some sulfur, magnesium and a number of micronutrients.
Now that you know what your plants need, you can put together the ingredients for your own tomato fertilizer.
Household waste fertilizer is safe for your garden soil
Make tomato fertilizer yourself: what do you need?
To make your own tomato fertilizer yourself, you need the following ingredients and utensils:
- A large bucket or container.
- A wooden stick or stick for stirring the mixture
- 2 liters of compost. A rich homemade compost is ideal. But you can also buy fresh compost. Basically, the better the quality of the compost, the better the fertilizer.
- Half a cup of animal fur or human hair. These contain the protein keratin. It also contains good amounts of nitrous sulfate and small traces of other minerals. Hair makes a great slow-release plant food because it takes time to break down.
- 1 cup crushed egg shells. They contain a lot of calcium. Make sure the shells are completely dry before chopping them up.
- 1 cup of used tea or coffee grounds: These are high in phosphorus, potassium, and low in nitrogen. Before use, make sure the coffee grounds are completely dry.
- 1 cup wood ash, which is also a good source of potassium and trace minerals
Eggshells and ash nourish the soil
As with the eggshells, all the ingredients you will need are already available in your household or are easy to obtain. Preparing your own plant food is a great way to reduce household waste.
Coffee grounds are also excellent fertilizers
You can add the following:
- 2 cups dried alfalfa leaves or alfalfa pellets. Alfalfa contains a growth hormone commonly used in roses to promote flowering and healthy growth. It has the same benefits for tomato plants. Pet and feed stores typically sell alfalfa pellets as rabbit food. Just make sure it’s all alfalfa and not a mix of other products.
- 2 cups of rabbit excrement. With its high levels of organic matter, as well as nitrogen and phosphorus, this is one of the best animal fertilizers you can use. It’s rich in nutrients, but not so rich that it burns the plants.
And so the tomatoes grow big and healthy
This is how you can make your own tomato fertilizer
When you have all the ingredients together, it’s time to make your own tomato fertilizer. While it sounds complicated, it’s actually quite simple.
Put the compost in the prepared empty bucket. Give it a quick stir to break up any larger clumps.
Stir in the hair as well as the rabbit feces if you are using that as well. Make sure they are incorporated well. Keep stirring the mixture until it is free of lumps.
Now add the other ingredients: egg shells, coffee grounds, wood ash and, if desired, alfalfa leaves or pellets. Slowly add the ingredients one at a time, stirring well to fully incorporate.
After incorporating all the ingredients, your tomato fertilizer is ready to use.
Make and use tomato fertilizer yourself
How should you make your own Tomato fertilizer use?
Your homemade tomato fertilizer can be used in a number of ways.
When you plant your tomatoes, you can use the mixture to fill in the planting hole. Be sure to water the mixture well after filling the hole. In this way, the nutrients contained in the mixture quickly reach the roots.
You can also add another dose of homemade tomato fertilizer a few months after planting. Again, make sure you water the mixture well.
Growing, fertilizing and harvesting tomatoes…