When we think of plants, most of us imagine the flowers and leaves that we see when we look at them. But did you know that there’s more to plants than just the parts you can see? Plants have roots and stems too, which are all important for their growth and survival. That’s why it’s so important to provide your garden with the best plant foods!
Compost is one of the best ways to improve your soil and make your garden thrive! Compost enhances nutrient content, improves texture, and encourages microbial life
Composting is a great way to recycle organic matter, especially if you’re like me and have an overabundance of leaves. Compost also improves soil texture, as well as encourages microbial life in the soil. This is why compost is one of the best ways to improve your soil quality!
Compost can be made from many things including: grass clippings, leaves, food scraps and paper products. Once it’s been broken down into humus (a dark brown substance) it can be added back into your garden beds for better drainage and increased nutrient content – this black gold literally makes your plants thrive!
Epsom salt is a natural way to provide plants with essential magnesium.
Epsom salt is a natural source of magnesium. Magnesium is an important nutrient for plants to grow and be healthy. In fact, it’s one of the most common nutrients that a plant needs in order to survive and thrive.
Magnesium helps plants by improving their ability to absorb other nutrients from the soil, so they can grow stronger and more resistant to diseases like fungal infections or mildew. It also helps plants have more energy, which means they’ll grow faster than ever before!
Liquid seaweed is rich in nutrients and helps to promote strong, healthy root growth.
Liquid seaweed is rich in nutrients and helps to promote strong, healthy root growth. The natural fertilizer is high in nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Liquid seaweed also contains trace minerals that are necessary for growing plants such as zinc and copper. It also contains amino acids, vitamins and enzymes which aid in plant growth. Some liquid fertilizers contain humic acid which helps increase the nutrient uptake of soil by roots while helping to fight off disease-causing pathogens
Fish emulsion provides nitrogen, a major component of chlorophyll.
Fish emulsion is a liquid fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen. This is a major component of chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color. It also contains phosphorus, potassium and trace elements that are necessary for healthy growth.
Fish emulsion isn’t harmful to the environment because it’s made from processed fish waste that would otherwise go into landfills (where they’d release methane).
Earthworm castings are absolutely jam packed with essential nutrients and microorganisms.
Earthworm castings are absolutely jam packed with essential nutrients and microorganisms. Earthworm castings contain a natural source of humic acid that has been shown to be a beneficial additive for the soil. Humic acid is an organic substance found in many soils that binds to particles, including minerals, helping them become more available to plants. It also helps increase plant growth by strengthening cell walls and facilitating food absorption. Additionally, earthworm castings contain amino acids which increase nitrogen availability in the soil (more on this later).
Earthworm castings are also high in carbon dioxide content because they’re made from earthworms’ waste products (like dead insects), so they add another element to your garden’s eco-system!
Molasses strengthens roots by providing energy for microbes.
Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar refining process and is rich in nutrients, minerals and energy that helps the soil to support plant growth. Molasses can be used to feed plants, as it provides potassium, magnesium, iron and other micronutrients that promote root development.
The most sustainable way to nourish your plants is to make your own compost
The most sustainable way to nourish your plants is to make your own compost. Compost consists of dead plant matter, which decomposes and becomes food for the soil.
- What is compost?
Compost is a blend of organic materials such as grass clippings, vegetable scraps, leaves and shredded newspaper that has been mixed with water and allowed to decompose. The resulting material contains microorganisms that help break down the organic materials into nutrients for use by plants.
- Why is compost good for plants?
Compost provides all the nutrients required by most garden plants through its full spectrum of minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates. It also helps retain moisture in clay soils while loosening heavier soils such as sandy ones so they can be more easily worked by hand or mechanical tools like tiller machines (which can be rented from local hardware stores).
I hope you enjoyed learning about all of these different plant foods! If you want to try some out, check out our guide to composting. It’s easy, fun and will make your garden thrive.