Fish Poop
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Don’t Toss That Fish Poop…Here’s Why!

We can all be a bit more green and recycle household items to help our plants grow!

Frankie Ferragine is back on Cityline and in this clip, he shares unique uses for some everyday household items. Before you toss them away, check out the clip and read on for 8 all-natural items you can use to help your plants grow. 

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Coffee Grounds:

If you’re a morning coffee drinker, this natural plant solution is definitely something you’ll have on hand. Once you’ve made your morning coffee, you can use the leftover grounds as top dress on soil. It works well with acidic loving plants and it will add a bit of nitrogen down into the soil. No more buying fertilizer, you’ve got the supplies to make one naturally! 

Fish Poop:

Did you ever think the dirty water in the goldfish bowl would be of any use? Turns out, it is! That fish poop and water is actually filled with nutrients that can be beneficial to your plants. Hey, that’s one reason to get a fish tank!


Frankie loves vinegar on his fries, Tracey loves it on her floors -- it makes for a great natural cleaning solution -- and now you may learn you love it as a natural weed killer in your garden! Simply use full-strength vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it directly to weeds. It will work better if your plants are in a sunny area where the plant is dry, since any moisture may make the vinegar less effective.


We can’t imagine you hang onto your eggshells after your morning scramble, that is unless you already know that they can support your plant’s growth. If you crush the shells up and place them in your soil, it will improve calcium. This is particularly helpful with tomato plants. 

 You can also use the eggshell as a base to germinate small plants in. Once it’s germinated, crush that shell up and place it around the base of your plants to help protect them against crawling insects.

Baking Soda:

You may have a box in your fridge protecting against bad odors, but if you can spare 4 teaspoons, you’ve got yourself a disease-killer! Mix the 4 teaspoons of baking soda with one gallon of water and spray it on plants that have black spots and mildew. Dishwashing soap too, will do the trick.

Club Soda:

Frankies shares that a study out of the University of Boulder, Colorado found that plants watered with club soda outgrew all other plants. Club soda has a lot of macronutrients, as does beer, which has also been shown in studies to work as a fertilizer. 

Citrus Peels:

Cats are cute until they destroy your garden. Keep them out by placing ground up citrus peels around your plants.

Compost Tea:

If you are someone who makes compost at home, you're already aware that leftover food and items that would otherwise be considered waste, can be broken down to be used as fertilizer. (If you’re ready to give it a try, get yourself a compost bin, like this one from Amazon)

To create a compost tea, take the bottom of your compost and wrap it in a cheese cloth. Then similar to a tea bag, place it in water, and it’s going to seep that compost resulting in a tea that you can water your plants with.

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