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Get bigger and juicer tomato crops by making ‘cost-effective’ homemade fertiliser


Tomatoes are a popular crop in many gardens due to how simple they are to grow, but the key to producing bigger and more bountiful fruit is by using the right fertiliser. 

The best time to feed tomato plants is when they have established themselves around two to three weeks after planting them outdoors, which usually tends to be early to mid-May. 

Laura Azcarraga, an RHS-certified horticulturist and founder of the Meadowlark Journal has shared that a “tried and tested” homemade fertiliser is the best to use for juicer crops. 

She said: “While there’s a vast market of commercial products out there, nothing quite matches the sustainability and purity of a homemade tomato fertiliser.

“Not only is this method environmentally friendly and cost-effective, but it also provides a direct connection between the grower and the grown, ensuring that what goes into the soil is natural, organic, and free from harmful chemicals.”

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Instructions 

All you need to do is rinse your eggshells completely to remove egg residue and then place them somewhere to dry out. 

Once fully dried, crush the tomatoes into a fine powder by placing them into a clean plastic ba hitting them with a rolling pin. You can also use a food processor, blender or coffee grinder to break them up. 

Add the egg shells, Epson salt, bone meal and baking powder to a container and then slowly pour in your water, making sure to stir it constantly to ensure all the ingredients dissolve. 

Laura said: “This step dilutes the mixture to a safe concentration for the plants.” 

Use this mixture to water tomato plants at the base of the plant and be careful not to get any on the leaves. Use the fertiliser every four to six weeks during the growing season. 

If you have any leftover fertiliser, keep it in a container with a lid and store in a cool, dry place when not in use. 

Laura said that while this homemade fertiliser has many of the ingredients needed for tomatoes to grow stronger and bigger, it is important to test and check to soil to figure out what nutrients the plant may need. 

She said: “This DIY fertiliser provides a balanced mix of nutrients, but it’s important to observe your plants for any signs of nutrient deficiency or excess and adjust your fertilisation practices accordingly.”

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