Most people know that organic material can be used to fertilize plants in your garden, but how many people actually make their own organic fertilizer at home? While the knowledge that various waste products in the house and the immediate surroundings of our home can be used to create compost, most people are repelled by the idea of getting their hands dirty. But for those who don’t mind working with dirt and grass, making your own fertilizer at home should be a good plan.
The easiest way to make organic fertilizer at home is to create a compost pit. By digging up a hole in your backyard that is six to eight feet deep, you should be able to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria by continuously feeding the pit with organic materials such as lawn trimmings, leftovers, vegetable cuttings, and other things that can rot and serve as food for the bacteria.
The compost that would be derived from this type of system can easily be scooped up using a shovel and bucket. The compost can then be used in garden soil because it is rich with nitrogen fixing bacteria that facilitates a better exchange of nutrients. The nutrients themselves can also be used as a by-product of the breakdown of the food material.
Just leaving lawn trimmings where they fall while mowing the lawn can also serve as fertilizer for the remaining healthy grass. These grass fragments are broken down by the naturally occurring bacteria in the soil, and then the network of plant cells are converted into simple nutrients and substances that the grass and other plants can use.
There are also green companies that specialize with making it easier for people to develop fertilizers for their gardens. There are special toilets that operate without the use of water. These toilets work with sawdust and a special system that keeps odors away. The various bacteria allowed to thrive in the system will then breakdown the fecal matter, as well as other waste materials, to convert the various organic materials into a very rich substrate for nutrients and minerals. This, in turn, could be used as fertilizer in the garden as well as the vegetable plots in community farms.
Using organic fertilizer is certainly a cheap way to improve the quality of crops. Organic crops also promote better health, as they also lessen the exposure of our bodies to potentially harmful substances found in inorganic fertilizers and pesticides. Another benefit is that you actually help conserve the environment by reducing dependence on chemical-based pesticides. By being organic, people are going back to nature’s ways, and are finding better ways to do things, at less cost, and with less damage to the environment.