Living in the city and having a garden, can be demanding but it is also rewarding.
To keep plants growing in a sustainable way, a good organic soil food is needed. And also so simple and easy to make.
The more nutrients a plant has, the better tasting and abundant it will grow. Here are a few methods easily found in an urban environment.
1. Compost Tea making: After preparing food, don’t throw away left over greens. For instance, top of carrots, veggies skin, banana peal, egg shells, etc. Submerge all in water and let it seat for minimum one week. This water will be rich in nutrients for watering the plants. Strain big chunks and dilute the water. (Don’t include citrus, onion or garlic-sorry dear garlic)
2. Epson Salt: Good if soil is lacking magnesium. Well, plants like beans, and most leafy salads are happy to grow in a low level of magnesium. On the other hand, tomatoes, peppers, roses… love this. Just dilute one mini spoon with 1L once a month.
3. Biochar: You may need a fireplace and comprehensive flatmates…It involves a really hot fire, to reduce the oxygen supply to minimum, and them just before it burns completed to ashes, extinguish fire (using water is fine). Scientists found out that biochar enriches soil retention of nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen and retain water because of its porous structure. Perfect for summer time! I have learned to inoculate it with molasses, and horse manure (if police horses do their paparazzi
4. Fermented left overs: Bokashi- an anaerobic method of composting (more info in another article- coming soon), and Kombucha scoby. Kombucha has its tick surface mother bacteria constantly reproducing-to the point that I need to get rid of it! So, I spare some by blending it with water & aloevera peelings. Acidic PH plants love this; such as parsley, potato, beans, broccoli, carrots, radish, tomatoes, strawberries, and many more.
5.Worms: When I first started using a vermicompost I thought it was going to be hard! It is easy, and worms liberate an odorless liquid fertilizer. My plants almost smile at me when feeding them in diluted in water!