The secret to making an all natural fertilizer can be found right in the kitchen: here’s the recipe

Though the potato is a quite versatile vegetable, many are often thrown away due to the amount of waste the potato produces during its harvest or the malformations that eventually form on them. But instead, the biproducts that potatoes produce can actually be quite useful when it comes to helping plants grow strong and healthy. Here’s how it’s done.

Making Natural Fertilizer

In order to get started, we will need a pot, a colander, a pair of gloves, and a plastic bottle or a similar container to contain the fertilizer.

Fill up the pot with water and bring it to a boil on your stove. While you are waiting, take several potatoes and clean them thoroughly. Make sure there are no leftover roots still growing and remove any other imperfections.

boiling water

Now, cut the potatoes into small pieces and put them in the boiling water. Let the pieces of potato simmer for about 45 minutes, or at least until they are tender. Once they are ready, drain them through your colander and collect the used water in a bottle and let it cool.

When the water is at room temperature, you can now pour your new fertilizer into the soil. Use about one liter of water for every square meter of earth. And if you want to enhance your fertilizer, you can mix it with food compost or urea (a nitrogen-based fertilizer) if you happen have some available. Also, remember to wear gloves because the solution can get a bit sticky.

compost bin

This easy-to-make fertilizer works so well due to the nutrients that are found in potatoes. These nutrients include potassium, phosphorous, and calcium. All of which are incredibly beneficial for plants. After a short time using your new fertilizer, you will notice the formation of beautiful flowers, healthy fruits, and vibrant green leaves in your home garden.

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