DIY: Homemade Fertilizers

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Unlike man, plants don’t need a set RDA (recommended dietary allowance).  This does not mean, however, that plants do not have nutritional needs.  While some gardeners prefer commercial organic fertilizers to keep their gardens in tip-top shape, healthier and cost-efficient alternatives are available and provide balanced nutrition for plants.  One is the homemade organic, fertilizer.

A variety of materials can be used for making organic fertilizer.  In here, you will see three fertilizer recipes you can easily make right in the comfort of your kitchen or backyard. 

Coffee Fertilizer

What you need:

●  Used coffee round

●  Metal tray

●  Used newspaper

What you will do:

1.   Line the metal tray with newspaper.

2.   Spread used coffee ground over the paper and air-dry.

3.   Sprinkle the air-dried coffee grounds on the soil surface.

4.   You may also water your plants with leftover coffee.  A solution of one part coffee to four parts water is deemed by gardening experts as ideal for watering plants.

Milk Fertilizer

What you need:

●  Milk

●  Water

What you need:

1.   Mix one part milk to four parts water.

2.   Use once a week for best result.

Vinegar Fertilizer

What you need:

●  Vinegar

●  Water

What you will do:

1.   Add 0.5 liter of white distilled vinegar to 8 L of water.

2.   Use every three months, especially during the growing season.

3.   You may also use 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar to 4 L of water.  This solution is ideal for houseplants as it lowers the pH and contains as many as 50 trace minerals.

Sources

► Homemade Fertilizers.  http://www.hgtv.ocm/hgtv/gl_soil_water_fertilizer/article/0,,HGTV_3633_1378204,00.html

► Homemade Fertilizers for Outdoor Plants.  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/51810/homemade_fertilizer_for_outdoor_palnts.html

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Potato Croquettes

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Did you know that you could make potato coquettes out of potatoes?  A Croquette is actually a small cake of minced food, often coated with bread crumbs and fried in deep fat.  Try making one for yourself.

Ingredients:

One cup mashed potato, one beaten egg, ¼ cup grated carrots, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, ¼ cup ground bread crumbs, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup shortening

Procedure

  1. Blend potato and egg.
  2. Add carrot and seasonings.
  3. Shape as desired.
  4. Dredge with breadcrumbs.  Then dip in milk and again in crumbs.
  5. Fry for five minutes or until brown.
  6. Allow extra oil to drip.

Reference:  Del Mundo, et.al.  Better Meals with Root Crops. UPLB.

Honey-Flavored Milk Candies

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Children love to eat candies.  Why not try giving them milk candies?  Once they have eater a piece, they will surely ask for more.  Milk candies, especially those flavored with honey are very nutritious.

Ingredients:

5 cups of fresh milk

¼ cups honey

2 tablespoon refined sugar

Procedure:

  1.  Put the fresh milk in an aluminum pan or in an enamel basin.
  2. Add the sugar to the milk.
  3. Boil and evaporate the mixture until it reaches 1/3 of its original volume.
  4. Add honey and stir.
  5. Continue stirring over low heat until it becomes thick.
  6. Prepare a greased tray.
  7. Put the cooked milk in the tray.
  8. Spread the milk evenly, about one centimeter thick.
  9. Allow it to cool for three house.
  10. Cut and scrap in cellophane

Source:  Pamphlet on How to Make Hone-Flavored Milk Candies