7 Most Surprising Fertilizers Found In Your Kitchen
1) Fruit And Vegetable Juice:
Most fruits and vegetables are high in sugar content. So it makes sense that they would be good sources of nitrogen, but not so much for your plants.
But there’s nothing wrong with eating them! They’re just not the best source of nutrients.
2) Raw Milk:
Raw milk is one of the most nutritious foods you can get. If you have access to raw milk, then go ahead and drink it.
You’ll probably need to supplement with some other nutrients if you don’t already consume enough. However, drinking raw milk will NOT give your plants any extra nutrition. (You could add some of those “nutrient” pills that claim to do this. Don’t waste your money!)
3) Fish Oil:
Fish oil supplements are very popular among bodybuilders and athletes. These products contain fish oils, which are essential fatty acids.
These essential fats are particularly beneficial to plant life because they help prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease. However, these fish oils aren’t necessarily good for humans either; they may increase the risk of developing certain types of cancers or cardiovascular problems.
4) Coffee Grounds:
Many people around the world enjoy coffee for its taste and beneficial effects on the human body. It is a traditionally accepted drink in all cultures.
It is not only useful for getting people started in the morning but also adds an extra kick to one’s productivity throughout the day. The bean itself comes from a plant, which means that it is likely to have certain nutrients which are beneficial to other plants.
5) Cigarette Butts:
The common misconception that cigarette butts are detrimental to the environment is untrue. They actually can be very beneficial when used as a part of a fertilizer mix.
Tobacco is a great nitrogen supplement and has other benefits. It’s important to dispose of them carefully so as not to harm any humans or animals, though.
6) Old Hair:
Many humans find that their hair becomes less manageable as they age. Some people may even find that their hair starts to fall out as well.
This loss of hair can be a great source of nutrition for plants! It’s important to sterilize the hair first to get rid of any harmful chemicals or other contaminants.
7) Coffee Filters:
Coffee filters might seem like an odd addition to this list, but they’re actually quite useful. They have many different uses and can come in quite handy.
For one thing, they can be used as filters for the butts, hair, and other materials that you’ll use as fertilizer. They can also be placed at the bottom of a pot to prevent the fertilizer from ruining the container that you’re growing in.
We hope this list has given you some ideas about what “wastes” from your kitchen might be good for growing plants!
Sources & references used in this article:
Concepts of variable rate technology with considerations for fertilizer application by JE Sawyer – Journal of Production Agriculture, 1994 – Wiley Online Library
Nutritional value of crops as influenced by organic and inorganic fertilizer treatments by W Schuphan – Qualitas Plantarum, 1974 – Springer
Fertilizer N equivalence of alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, and red clover for succeeding corn crops by RH Fox, WP Piekielek – Journal of Production Agriculture, 1988 – Wiley Online Library
Ground‐based canopy reflectance sensing for variable‐rate nitrogen corn fertilization by NR Kitchen, KA Sudduth, ST Drummond… – Agronomy …, 2010 – Wiley Online Library