Proven Tips to Make Your Plants Healthier and Richer

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Many enthusiastic gardeners aren’t content with above-average yields. For instance, the average yield for broccoli is 8,000 pounds per acre. But many gardeners would be even happier to surpass this level. It means a greater return on investment and a higher incentive to farm.

So, how can you exceed industry averages? Is it even possible in the first place? And if so, what are the extra measures you can take to make your farm healthier and your yields higher? We’ve rounded up a few interesting but simple ideas to make plants grow faster for higher yields.

Grass clippings

Grass clippings decompose quickly, releasing nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. This can help improve the quality of your garden soil. Moreover, grass clippings provide an optimum environment for the growth of earthworms, which, in turn, encourage soil retention. The best part is that grass clippings don’t require significant preparation before use.

Wood ash

Many gardeners throw away wood ash, which is understandable because very few people understand the gardening benefits of wood ash. Wood ash is highly alkaline. This makes it an excellent agent for neutralizing acidic soil. Even better, it’s a natural agent, free from chemicals. So, you can add it to your farm without adverse consequences. Just make sure to wait until it’s cold.

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Banana peels

Similar to wood ash, many people throw away banana peels because few understand the importance of the peels. Well, banana peels are very rich in phosphorous and potash. Phosphorus is critical for fruiting vegetables, such as beans and tomatoes. Meanwhile, potash is a natural fertilizer that enriches the soil and plants. So, next time you eat a banana, chop the peels and bury them in your garden. The impact will surprise you.

Boiled vegetable water

The leftover water after boiling vegetables is highly nutritious and, therefore, beneficial for plants. It contains multiple micro and macronutrients, including calcium, nitrogen, and phosphorous, mixed into the water. Therefore, this water can immensely benefit your garden and plants. So, don’t throw away the water. Instead, wait until it’s cold enough and sprinkle it on your garden.

Activated charcoal

Another tip to make plants grow faster is applying activated charcoal to your garden. Activated charcoal is a filtration agent widely used to trap contaminants from ai and water. It’s also used to treat certain types of poisoning because it can extract poisonous chemicals from the body. In the same breath, activating charcoal can filter out disease-causing agents from your garden, leaving your garden healthy and safe.

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Compost tea

Compost tea is the name given to liquid compost. If you already have a compost pile, you can easily create compost tea by brewing it into a liquid solution for easy application. First, add a shovelful of the compost waste to a bucket and fill the rest of the bucket with water. Then stir vigorously, let it brew for 36 hours to 48 hours, and apply it to your garden.

Carbonated soda

Carbonated soda isn’t very good for your health when you drink it straight from the can or bottle. However, it can make a massive difference on your farm as it contains a wide range of macronutrients, including oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, phosphorous, sulfur, potassium, and sodium. The trick is to let the fizziness dissipate before sprinkling the soda onto your garden.

Aquarium water

Aquarium water is just as effective when trying to make plants grow faster. Although the chemical composition of waste aquarium water is harmful to fishes, it contains multiple nutrients that can greatly benefit your plants. These include nitrogen, ammonia, phosphorous, and potassium. So, gently sprinkle your farm with the water instead of throwing it away.

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Milk

Do you have leftover milk that you’ve decided to throw away? Don’t. While the milk might no longer be healthy for your body, it’s what some plants need to thrive. Milk contains calcium that helps plants develop strong fibers. Moreover, it improves soil health, controls insects, and serves as a disinfectant.

Turmeric

Turmeric has many health benefits because of its high curcumin content. Curcumin has many benefits to the human body. For instance, it is highly effective against diabetes. It’s also effective in improving memory and lowering the risk of heart disease. However, the two benefits that can improve plant life include its effectiveness in fighting free radicals (that cause disease) and inflammation (which can damage plant cells).

Eggshells

Finally, you can also make plants grow faster by crushing eggshells on your farm. Many people throw the shells in the compost bin for hauling, forgetting that eggshells are highly biodegradable. They may take longer than grass to decompose. However, in the end, they rot away, releasing a wide range of nutrients, including calcium, that can greatly benefit your garden and plants.

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Summary

There are many other tips and tricks to make plants grow faster, most of them within reach. You just need to do a bit of research.

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