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Quick Easy DIY ‘Fertilizer’ from Kitchen Scraps

I asked an enlightened gardener friend of mine for his recipe for his ‘compost tea’ that he feeds to his plants. This is a really easy way to make fertilizer for your plants in a jiffy, without having to leave your house or wait for things to compost! I found this method really great because I have all container plants on my balconies and we have no yard or space for a real compost bin, other than a bokashi bin. Bokashi bins are great, but take some time and are potentially a pain and require some maintenance. Here’s how you make the tea, I’ll call it ‘Al’s Garden Tea’.

1. Collect kitchen scraps throughout the day. I used only fruit and veggies and was surprised how fast they accumulated in one day! You can also use coffee grounds.

2. Place scraps in a blender with some water and blend until you have a smooth slurry.


3. Pour your veggie slurry into a bowl. If you have access to some cow poo, you can put that in the bowl (that’s my friend told me, he gets his poo from the Hare Krishna cows, which would be pretty good poo if you ask me, but I left it out).

3. Strain veggie solids apart from the liquid so that you’re left with only the liquid. This step is OPTIONAL.  I only strained it to keep the solids out because I was putting in my house plants.  But, if it’s garden plants, you can just put the whole slurry on.


4. Pour some of the ‘veggie tea’ into your watering can along with water and feed those hungry plants! From one bowl of veggie scraps I made enough for about 5 watering cans. I’m sure you can fool around with the concentration, but that’s the general idea.


Happy gardening!

10 Responses »

  1. Reblogged this on Enid Street Community Garden and commented:

    Thanks Al!

  2. will have to try this! Do you keep “leftovers” in the fridge?

  3. I make my slurry from kitchen scraps in the way described and pour it into 5 litre plastic containers – you can use the large milk canisters.

    During the winter I store these in my greenhouse ready for next summer but the most important thing is do NOT put the cap back on.

    As the ingredients rot down it forms a gas. This will expand until the whole canister will burst like a bomb.

    The only problem with storing the slurry is the smell. It is impossible to keep it anywhere near the house – it absolutely stinks, but oh boy, do the plants love it!

    I even re-use multi-purpose compost by sifting it with a sieve to get all the old roots out and then add my home-made slurry.

  4. Jaime Bosworth

    How often should I give my plants this slurry? I don’t have many plants. A pineapple plant, a lemongrass plant, a couple aloe, and some herbs. I live in the tropics so it is always warm.

  5. Does it helps? if a plant is not blooming and you applied the stuff will it start blooming is nutrition is the reason for the plant not blooming? Thank you.

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