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Quick Easy DIY ‘Fertilizer’ from Kitchen Scraps

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Happy gardening!

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