Saturday, July 6, 2013

Homemade Garden Fertilizer

I just discovered this homemade safe garden fertilizer in an old garden book.  It was developed by a California Master Gardener. She calls it Ethel's Elixir and it is supposed to be safe to use on food crops, completely nontoxic.  I want to give it a try.  I have everything in the house except the ammonia, so as soon as I get near a store I'm buying some.  Here is the recipe:

In a one-gallon jug add:

1/2 cup Epsom salts ( my father-in-law swore by this for his tomatoes)
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol ( not too sure about this one)
1 8-oz can of beer ( my husband's, I don't drink that stinky stuff; I'm a wine lover)
1/4 cup baking powder ( always in the cupboard)
1/4 cup ammonia ( this sounds scary to me)
6 aspirin ( I might get a headache if this doesn't work)

Add water to fill the jug. Stir or Shake to dissolve aspirin. Spray leaves or drench around the base of the plants.

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