How to Make Your Own Fertilizer by Erin Huffstetler


  • WORKING TIME: 10 – 15 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 10 – 15 mins
  • SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
  • ESTIMATED COST: $0 to $5

Want to do right by your plants but don’t want to spend too much money on fertilizer? Here are seven homemade fertilizer recipes for you to put to the test. They’re made from ingredients you probably already have on hand, including some things you may be in the habit of throwing away. Read through the instructions carefully to determine if a particular fertilizer is right for your needs; for instance, some homemade fertilizers shouldn’t be used on acidic soil, while others shouldn’t be used on alkaline soil.

Keep in mind that you will not need all the ingredients in the supply list or all the items in the tool list. Choose your ideal homemade fertilizer and read those instructions to determine which of these items you’ll need to create your plant food.1

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Watering can
  • Cookie sheet
  • Blender
  • Compost bin


  • Water
  • Epsom salt
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Newspaper
  • Eggshells
  • White vinegar
  • Water from a fish tank
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps


  1. Make 



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