Outdoors

Fertilize Your Garden With Household Scraps

Don't throw away your tea bags, banana peels, egg shells, and other organic trash. Use them as nutrient-rich fertilizers instead!

I love getting to work on my flower beds every year, caring for my perennials and planting my annuals. It's such calming and fulfilling work. But I know it's not just the planting and weeding that's important. Fertilizing the soil is also crucial for adding nutrients and making plants strong enough to combat damage from pests and their environment, not to mention boost root, leaf and flower growth.

All you DIYers will be happy to know that you don't need to run to the store every time you want to fertilize your soil. You probably have some great, all-natural fertilizers right in the house. You can either add them to your compost -- or, if you're not the composting type, you can add these ingredients on their own. Then watch your garden flourish!

View the slideshow above for unusual ways to fertilize your garden.

For more on gardening, check out 8 Natural Methods for Killing Weeds and How to Resod Dead Grass.

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Tags: Budget, Green Friendly, Gardening, Outdoors

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