Once you have started growing your own food at home, there are certain things you can do to increase the size and quality of the harvest that you are able to achieve. When growing food in containers, it is even more important to think about the nutrition they receive. One great way to make sure your plants get the nutrition they need is to make your own liquid feeds for your plants. Here are five easy to concoct plant feeds you can make at home:
A Wormery Plant Feed
If you have a wormery where worms help to create compost in which you can grow your plants, you will usually have to drain off excess liquid from the bottom of the container. This water is an ideal plant feed for home-grown food.
Even if you do not have a wormery, you may still create compost in your home using another method. If you do, you should know that compost can also be used to make 'compost tea'. Simply by dissolving some compost in water, you can create a fertiliser that can be delivered to your containers in liquid form throughout the growing season.
For leafy vegetables and other plants that need a lot of nitrogen, you could use a weak solution of green tea to give them a boost. Use one teabag to around two gallons of water and use around once a month on nitrogen hungry plants.
Another item that you may have in your home which is a good source of nitrogen for your plants is gelatin. Dissolve one package of gelatin in one cup of hot water, then add three cups of cold water to the solution. This can be used on leafy plants once every four weeks or so for a bit of a boost.
If you keep fish, you may not realise it but you have another valuable resource at your fingertips. Aquarium water contains all the nutrients that plants need to grow in the form of the fish waste. While changing the tank, use this nutrient rich water on your crops to increase the size and quality of your harvest.
All of the above offer 'green' solutions for those who want to grow food organically indoors and are great ways to make the most of the space and resources you have inside your home.