A how-to on using wood ash (i.e. from wood burning stoves) in the garden.
YOU CAN FIND, in your fireplace, a valuable soil amendment. Wood ashes are rich in Potash, the very substance that raises the pH of soil, and therefore “sweetens” it. Sweet soil is the delight of lilacs; shrubs will flower so well in May because of regular wood-ash applications made beneath them in fall, winter and early spring. If your lilacs produce too few flowers, Potash can be the panacea they require.
Wood Ashes in the Garden
Coffee Grounds as a Fertilizer: If you are looking to add a garden bed, build up an existing one, or just repair a section of the garden, coffee grounds can used in all these cases. All that needs to be done is for the coffee grounds to be mixed in with soil, at a ratio of 50/50, and it is then ready to be added to the garden. A good soaking in is required after this, and then leave the whole thing to settle in for a few days before adding plants or seed to the new soil.
How to Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden
Homemade Organic Fertilizer Recipe - Mix uniformly: 4 parts seed meal* 1/4 part ordinary agricultural lime, best finely ground 1/2 part agricultural lime (or 1/4 part gypsum) 1/2 part dolomitic lime Add for best results: 1 part bone meal, rock phosphate or high-phosphate guano 1/2 to 1 part kelp meal (or 1 part basalt dust)
How To Test pH Levels In Soil
Epsom Salt as Plant Fertilizer - Encourage green growth on your house plants by applying a solution of 2 tablespoons salt to 1 gallon water once a month. Magnesium and sulfur from the salt make leaves grow bushier and encourage flowering plants to bloom more often.
Test Your Soil PH with vinegar
"Video ~ Making your own potting soil is quick and easy. You'll not only save money, but you'll end up with a higher quality product than what you can buy at the store. Not to mention you'll know exactly what's in it - no chemical fertilizers, fillers and other things you don't want to be growing vegetables in."