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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Pickling Mushrooms

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Mushrooms have long been valued for their taste.  Pickling mushrooms is one way to ensure that you’ll always have this delicious item to perk up your meals.  Pickling is the process of preserving food y using salt or vinegar solution.  Mushrooms can be preserved just like other vegetables.  This is how it is done.

mushroomsIngredients:

1 kilo fresh mushrooms

3 cups vinegar

2 cups sugar

1/3 cup salt and red pepper

20 grams onion and carrots

2 grams ginger

 

Procedure:

  1. Blanch mushrooms in boiling water for 5 minutes.  Drain in tray.
  2. Heat vinegar in casserole.  Don’t stir.
  3. Add all ingredients and oil.  This will be your pickling solution.
  4. Pak the blanched mushrooms in small bottles and press down to remove the air.
  5. Slowly pour the pickling solution to cover the mushrooms.
  6. Cap the bottles loosely and steam for one hour.
  7. Seal the cam with the candle serving.

Photo courtesy:  topnews

Dried Banana Flowers

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Want to make your “paksiw na pata” and “pata tim” more delectable?  Well, dried banana flowers, considered as rare dining fare, added to the dishes is the answer.  And here’s how to do it.

becca_bananabudslargeIngredients:

Fresh flowers of Saba variety

4 cups of water

1 tbsp Sodium metabisulfate (for every kilogram of banana flowers)

Sugar

Vinegar

Soy sauce

Procedure:

  1. Cut off fresh flower stems and stalks and remove the brittle midrib.  Wrap in clean cloth.
  2. Boil 4 cups of water with 1 tbsp.  of sodium metabisulfate.
  3. Soak the wrapped flowers in the boiling solution for 5 minutes.  Drain.
  4. In equal amounts of sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce, soak the flowers overnight.
  5. Drain flowers again.  Allow to dry under the sun.  pack in jars, can s of plastic bags.  Seal.

Photo courtesy:  heavytable

Source:  “Agriscope”, The Philippines’ Agribusiness Magazine. Quezon City:  World Media Groove, Inc. May 1987.