Calling all my fellow gardeners! Today I wanted to share with you another way I stretch a dollar at my home. I make homemade Liquid Miracle Grow Concentrate! This formula works as the original, and costs a mere $0.35 a bottle to make, whereas Miracle Grow costs $9.98 a 12-ounce container! I have never had an issue with this mixture clogging my home attachments, and my plants seem not to notice either! I highly recommend this blend!Here’s how to make it:
1 gallon of water
1 tbsp Epsom salts (contains magnesium, essential for plant growth)
1 tsp baking soda (natural, safe pesticide)
1 tbsp powdered milk (promotes root growth, stimulates plant growth, and can help prevent powdery mildew.)
1/2 tsp ammonia (Contains nitrogen, and is essential for plant growth)
2 drops blue food coloring (helps distinguish product in contains for safety)
Here’s how to make this concentrate:
Simply mix all ingredients together in your feeding container (bucket, sprayer, hose attachment, etc.), except for the powdered milk.
Store concentrate in a labeled container in a cool, dark location, away from direct heat.
Concentrate does not have an expiration date.
When ready to use, add 1 tablespoon powdered milk to your container, and the appropriately allocated amount of concentrate per each feeding (please see chart below). Please make sure to not add the powdered milk initially to help prevent spoilage.
Any mixture with added milk will need to be used within one week.
Also, I add two drops of blue food coloring, which is non-toxic for your lawn and plants, to indicate that this is a mixture which should not be consumed; the idea being that if it resembles miracle grow, and is placed in my original miracle grow concentrate containers, cross contamination or accidental injection would be limited.
Spray Bottles: Mix 1 ounce of concentrate (1/8 cup), 1 tablespoon powdered milk, with three cups water.
Manual Feedings: Mix 2 ounces of concentrate to 1 gallon water 64 ounces) of water, with 1 tablespoon of powdered milk.
For Hose Attachment Garden Feeders: Add 8 ounces (1 cup) to your feeder, add 3 tablespoons of powered milk, and water accordingly; this method feeds my entire garden, yard, and various beds for six feedings.
For Automatic Hose Feeders: Add 1-ounce mixture and 3 tablespoons of powdered milk to one gallon water.
Please note, the mixture can be made ahead of time, and you should add the milk, only when ready to feed, or will use the blended concentrate within one month, to prevent spoilage. Also worth noting, every ingredient is needed, necessary, and is purposeful in this post. This is my great-grandmothers blend, and has been passes down in my family for many, many years! I hope you well enjoy it!