Tuesday, March 17, 2020

🍀 A Good St Patty's Day Afternoon 🍀


Good afternoon and a fantastic 🍀 St Patrick's Day to you!

What are you up to today? 

It's a fairly nice day today with the windows open and dinner in the crock pot. 

With the uncertainty of grocery stores being open or being stocked I'm thankful to have plenty of food. I do always make extra and freeze for another meal or two.

Oh and a nap sounds like it might be in order too.

The dogs are loving the nice temps and I've been out with them fertilizing my hay bales so can plant in about a week.  

Here's a recipe I use to fertilize my hay bales about a week before I plant my seeds and starters. Even if your not using hay bales this will work to fertilizer before you plant and as you go along growing your plants. I'll be sharing some more ingredients full of nutrients for your plants soon as well.


DIY Fertilizer


 I fill a 5 gallon bucket (If you need a bucket or two, I've got that covered below too)
a little less than 3/4 full with water. I collect rain water but if you don't

I fill a stock pot with water and steep a green tea bag. When it's done steeping I, I remove the tea bag and add to the contents of the stock pot to the 5 gallon bucket with the water.
I have also put grass clippings in a container of water and let it steep for 3 days. Now it's ready to add to my 5 gallon bucket of water and tea (Save the tea bag grounds). 

I grind up 1 banana peel or at least cut it up in tiny pieces and add to the bucket.
Now I add the contents of the tea bag and add 1/2 cup of coffee grounds, adding to the bucket.

I've been saving egg shells. So now I powder them by putting them in a ziploc and use a rolling pin. Now I put them in the 5 gallon bucket with my other ingredients.
I've put anywhere from a cup to a gallon of sea weed in water and let it sit for aproximately a week.

If you don't have seaweed you can use kelp by ordering below or from your local health food store.
Now it's ready to go in the 5 gallon bucket.
Next, I add 4 tablespoons of molasses and 1/2 cup of cornmeal to the bucket. Stir and let sit for a week.

At the end of the week add soil to the hay bales and saturate with the fertilizer. 
 I always keep this made ahead because it can be used to fertilize your plants every few weeks. 
If you want to put it on your leaves do dilute down to a 1/4 strength though!


It's good to know how to make your own fertilizer in the event you aren't able to get out and purchase some, takes the guess work out of getting fertilizer just right and not harming your plants and it's much better for your plants/garden.
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Cindy



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