Making your garden attractive involves a lot of time, effort, and hard work. Fertilising is a crucial part of that process and if done correctly, it goes a long way to make your garden more pleasing to look at. Indeed it can be expensive to buy the right fertiliser from high street vendors, but thankfully there are many cheaper alternatives that you can incorporate into your garden, and a few of them will be discussed in this article.

  1. Animal droppings

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Some animals make excellent garden allies because of their contribution to fertilising the soil. The droppings of some of these animals contain nutrients that grade plants need to grow. Chickens, ducks, rabbits, and even alpacas have rich manure that offers natural solutions to soil fertilisation. Additionally, some of these animals make great companions too and this will make spending time in your garden more enjoyable. For example, if your garden is a bit on the larger side, alpacas make gentle, fleecy, family-friendly pets, and you can get a well trained one from GB Alpaca. But before you buy one, consider paying a visit to Charnwood Forest Alpacas to gain first-hand experience with these animals to help you make your decision.

2. Coffee grounds 

This is an excellent addition to a compost pile because of its relatively high nitrogen content. This nutrient provides the bacteria that helps plants grow with the needed energy to transform organic matter into compost. Rather than throwing out your coffee ground, mix them with the soil, not forgetting to keep it damp. It is both an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to fertiliser.

3. Legumes

Still, on the topic of nitrogen, legumes are a great way to bring back nutrients into the soil. If you’re keeping a garden for food, for example, then it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a few legumes like soybeans and peanuts. These plants can trap nitrogen from the air and put it back into the soil instead of draining it. You’ll notice a boost in the appearance of your plants when you try this option. You can also try crop rotation, arranging plants on an order that they benefit most from the nutrient deposit.

4. Mulching

This is a simple method of covering the soil with plant material. You could use materials like leaves, half-finished compost, and grass clippings. With the help of worms and other organisms in the soil, the mulch will decompose and deposit nutrients in the soil that will benefit your plants. You can keep the garden mulched all year round, and your plants will thrive with them. 

5. Liquid fertilizer

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If you are not a fan of all the debris from using mulch or other material, then you can try using a liquid fertiliser. This method involves using the same compost material from plant parts but dissolved in water. So all the nutrients are deposited into the liquid and then transferred to the soil. So you have a somewhat clean and more effective way of fertilising your garden since the liquid penetrates the would better.

Your garden can be a sense of pride and joy if you are willing to put in the effort. When it comes to fertilising you can explore all your options until you find what works best for you. These are a few things to try which have been tested and approved to work.