Here is an efficient and effective tip to fertilize container gardens with something that you use regularly to water your plants, your water can.
Today, we are going to supercharge your watering can and give it super fertilizer power.
It is just so easy to add fertilizer to a task you are already doing: watering.
No need to dig in manure (which can be a pain if you have mulched or top dressed your pots). No need to convert instructions meant for huge yards into something workable for a container garden.
Maybe the only thing as easy is slow-release fertilizer, but very few of those are organic, and if you live somewhere with a lot of spring and summer rain, slow-release fertilizers might transform into very-fast-release fertilizers.
So, how hard is it to make liquid fertilizer?
It is easy. You just add a small amount of an organic, dry fertilizer to a full watering can, and let it soak for awhile.
Organic Liquid Fertilizer Recipes:
Most watering cans are either 1 or 2-gallon cans. It is essential to know how large your watering can is because most of these recipes call for 1-gallon increments. If you have a two-gallon watering can just double the recipe.
Let 1 Tablespoon of seabird or bat guano soak in 1 gallon of water for 24 hours. Water with the guano tea twice a month.
Clean Air Worm Tea :
Add 2 cups of worm castings and a half teaspoon of molasses to one gallon of water. Allow soaking for 1-2 days, stirring often. Add 1/2 cup of the liquid to a spray bottle, along with 2 cups of water. Spray it on the leaves of your plants. Peppers especially like it. The remaining liquid can be used to water your plants.
Dry to Liquid:
You can convert your dry organic fertilizer that looks like a coarse dust into a liquid fertilizer by adding a cup of fertilizer to a gallon of water.
Let it sit for a day. Water your plants twice a month with the tea.
Moo Poo Tea:
Let one manure tea bag soak in a five-gallon bucket filled with water. Place the bucket in the sun for 1 to 3 days.
Water your plants as frequently as once a week with the moo poo tea.
Tip: If you have a fish tank or a fish bowl, don’t throw away the water, you can use it to water your plants — it is “recycled” water with fish manure in it, works wonders on your plants.
Alternatively, you can also use plant foods. There are some slow release varieties which last for two to three months, so you do not have to keep applying fertilizer every now and then