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Free Organic Fertilisers You Really Should Be Using

Every year, garden designers across the United Kingdom spend a small fortune on of organic fertiliser. Organic fertiliser being the key to a healthy and successful garden, but nonetheless having a tendency to be somewhat on the expensive side.

And it’s exactly the same for everyday gardeners at home as it is for professional garden designers running businesses of all shapes and sizes. The more organic fertiliser you need, the more you find yourself spending on it.

But what if there was a way of getting hold of the highest quality organic fertiliser there is, without having to spend a penny?

There is – it’s simply a case of getting creative and savvy with what you already have.

Admittedly, you are going to have to buy these products in the first place, meaning that the fertiliser itself isn’t technically ‘free’. But given that it is made entirely from the kinds of things you would normally throw away, it still saves you 100% of the cost of picking up the store-bought variety.

So if you consider yourself one of the more resourceful garden designers out there, here’s a quick rundown of just a few examples of the kind of everyday trash that can easily be transformed into treasure:

GRASS CLIPPINGS

First of all, and contrary to popular belief, leaving your grass clippings exactly where they lie after mowing the lawn can actually be a good thing. Even if the whole thing doesn’t look particularly attractive at first, give it a few days and allow the clippings to begin breaking down. As they do, they will naturally begin to fertilise your lawn. Alternatively, feel free to collect the clippings and keep them to one side, so as to be used liberally to conserve moisture and prevent weeds at the same time.

BANANA PEELS

The vast majority of garden designers in the know will tell you that banana peels really are yellow (and black) gold! Packed with calcium, phosphorus and potassium, banana peels can either be chopped up into pieces and buried at the base of plants, or simply buried whole if you prefer. You can also choose to soak your banana peels for around 48 hours in water, after which the nutrient-rich juice can be poured into the soil around your plants. Last but not least, banana peels can also be left for sufficient time to dry out completely, after which they can be ground into an effective organic fertiliser.

EGG SHELLS

Savvy garden designers would never be caught discarding even a single calcium-rich eggshell. They can be crushed and placed into the hole you dig when planting just about anything at all, or simply thrown in with the rest of your compost. What’s more, eggshells can also be surprisingly effective as deterrents for snails and slugs. All the kinds of properties you would expect from products that normally pack a punch in terms of price!

COOKING WATER

You know how it’s often said that boiling vegetables drains them of many of their most important nutrients? Well, guess what – these are exactly the kinds of nutrients that can be beneficial for your plants! There is really no reason to allow this kind of nutrient-rich water to go to waste. As such, if you don’t intend to use it yourself, allow it to cool and use it for your plants. Just be sure that you haven’t added any sugar or salt to the water – or used it to boil anything with a high starch content, such as potatoes.

COFFEE GROUNDS

Last but not least, coffee grounds are another staple garden designers across the board swear by. Absolutely excellent for enriching your soil, coffee grounds have a rich concentration of nitrogen and work a little like peat moss as a moisture barrier. If you have a particularly large garden or work as a professional garden designer, why not ask your local coffee shop to save their waste coffee grounds for you to collect periodically? More often than not, they’ll happily hand them over for free, simply for the satisfaction of knowing that they are being put to good use!

 

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