Frugal Gardening 101:: DIY Organic Fertilizer

by GettingFreedom on May 17, 2011

Here we are, already in Week 6 of our Frugal Gardening 101 : Busy Mom’s Guide Series! Most areas of the country have warmed enough that you’re able to get a few plants out, if not all of them.  Hopefully plant growth and harvesting is the only excitement your garden has seen.  And the only gardening assistants that come your way are of the 2 legged variety, and not of the slithering poisonous kind!

Freedom Acres hasn’t been quite that lucky!  Eek! {Moving On.  Shudder.}

Even though you have your plants in your well prepared dirt, your work with them still isn’t quite done.  {Sorry if I burst your happy thought bubble there} ;)

Fertilizing your plants is directly related to the amount and quality of fruit your plants will produce.  However, fertilizer doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be labor intensive!  As a matter of fact, the formula for free organic fertilizer is right in your yard!

How to Make Organic Fertilizer

While there are many different things you can use to make your own liquid fertilizer, grass clippings are the most readily available, not to mention they are free!

  1. Fill a 5 Gallon Bucket 2/3 of the way full with fresh grass clippings.
  2. Fill with water.
  3. Let it sit and steep at room temperature for 3 days {no more or it will begin to ferment}, making sure to stir it once a day.
  4. Strain the liquid off.
  5. Dilute the “tea” with equal parts water.

Using Organic Liquid Fertilizer

Water your plants before fertilizing them.

Watering them first helps your plants to not take up all of the salts out of your fertilizer.  Which enables them to utilize the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium as you want them to.

Apply your Organic Liquid Fertilizer about once every 2 weeks.

In this case, the more isn’t merrier!  Using too much nitrogen-rich fertilizer on your plants will cause them to spend all of their energy producing big, beautiful plants.  And not big beautiful fruits.  Not something you want in a veggie/fruit garden!

Fertilize Long Living Plants Late in the Season for an added Boost.

Even if you choose not to fertilize all season, doing a couple rounds at the end of the season will provide a dramatic comeback for your longer living plants, such as tomatoes.


When you strain your “tea”, you can dump the used grass clippings into your compost, or even put them on your perennial plants.

If your yard is treated with a chemical, your grass clippings will not be organic.

There is so much more about the basic science behind plants, and what main nutrients the plants use and what they do with them.  But, in order to keep this post short, I’ve not went there.  This time. If this is something you would like more information on, please let me know in the comments, and I can tackle that in a future post.

Now it’s your turn! Remember to link to your gardening post, not your blog’s main page, and include a link back here so your readers can join the fun. **Please, Please, Please be sure to include the link back!**

Don’t forget to check out my gardening partners, Connie and Amy.

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