Top 10 Organic Fertilizers

Blood Meal: 13-1-0 Great source for nitrogen and can be mixed in with potting soil and added to the soil of established plants monthly.

Bone Meal: 4-12-0 Awesome source for phosphorus and helps the plant to grow a healthy root system. Works great in conjunction with blood meal.

Compost: 2-1-1 Compost adds organic matter that provides food for beneficial microbial life, which in turn increases the amount of water the soil can hold. Compost also contains many micronutrients essential for healthy plant growth.

Earthworm Castings: 2-1-1 A overall great organic fertilizer for flower and edible gardens.
Bat Guano: 0-5-0 Excellent source of phosphorus and an essential organic additive for vegetable gardens.

Fish Emulsion: 2-4-5 Has a little bit of everything. This is does not smell all that wonderful – you have been warned!

Alfalfa Meal: Great fertilizer 2.45-.05-1 for roses and encourages soil microbial activity, which makes nutrients more readily available to roses.

Cottonseed Meal: 7-2-2 Has a high percentage of nitrogen, second best source of organic nitrogen after blood meal. Cottonseed meal also acidifies the soil.

Feather meal: 7-0-0 to 12-0-0 It takes 4 months to break down and release its nutrients, but it is a high nitrogen fertilizer. It is a poultry processing byproduct.

Rock phosphate: 0-2-0 A mineral rock powder, rock phosphate is an excellent source of phosphorous and calcium. Remember that the phosphorous contained in rock phosphate becomes more available the second year after application. Be sure to test soil pH before adding rock phosphate.

How to Harvest and Store Seeds

  • Harvesting Method: Dry
  • When to Harvest: Let seeds dry on plants.
  • How to Harvest: Shake seeds loose.
  • Storage: Store seeds in a tightly sealed glass container. Keep seeds in a dry and cool place.

Home-made Weedkiller Recipe

  • White Vinegar {Yup, that’s all!}
  • Spray Bottle
  • Recipe:

Fill the spray bottle with white vinegar

Spray directly onto your weeds. {This recipe works best when it is hotter outside so it can dry up the weeds. *Be sure not to spray on your flower bed as it will eliminate your flowers.*}

This recipe is easy {<– my favorite kind} but works aaaand not to mention you save money in comparison to other over the counter weed killers! Boom! That’s enough of an incentive for me to make it.

The Best Homemade Weed Killer

Ways to kill weeds using household ingredients:

  • diy Recipe: 1 gallon white vinegar, 1/4 cup salt, 1/2 cup liquid dish detergent.
  • Vinegar: Do not dilute with water. Use common household vinegar or a pickling vinegar for more killing power.
  • Salt: 1 part salt to 2 parts water should do it. You can also sprinkle straight salt over top.
  • Vinegar & Dish Detergent: Pickling vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish detergent.
  • Liquid Dish Detergent: 1 part liquid dish detergent to 10 parts of water.
  • Lemon Juice and Vinegar: 1/2 cup lemon juice mixed with 1 quart household vinegar.

How to Grow a Pineapple Plant

First, Firmly twist the crown off. It will come off fairly easily. Then take the crown and pull off the lower leaves until you have about an inch or more of the core. You don't need them and they will get in the way of rooting the pineapple. Fill a jar with water and plop your crown into the jar. Place your pineapple jar in an area that gets decent light. then Within two weeks, some nice roots should develop. Then you can plant the pineapple whenever you're ready.

If you want fruit, you'll have to keep it in a sunny location. Otherwise, the pineapple will develop long slender leaves but will not fruit.