Garden Tea Party: Give Your Seedlings And Roses A Boost With This Easy Alfalfa Tea

We all want the best for our seedlings, right? If you’re looking to give your babies a growth-enhancing nitrogen boost, this easy homemade alfalfa tea is for you!

Amazing Alfalfa

You’ve likely heard of alfalfa for its incredible cover crop capabilities, but it’s also a fantastic nitrogen-rich fertilizer perfect for seedlings and roses.

tea in the garden

Aside from the all-important N in the N-P-K ratio, alfalfa is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, B1, B6, E, K. It contains minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Alfalfa also provides plants with triacontanol, a special growth hormone.

Alfalfa Tea

The following recipe for Alfalfa Tea is courtesy of Stephanie Rose, author of Garden Alchemy: 80 Recipes and Concoctions for Organic Fertilizers, Plant Elixirs, Potting Mixes, Pest Deterrents, and More.

tea in the garden

Rose recommends applying the tea to seedlings after developing their first two true leaves or roses and perennials.

You Will Need:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of alfalfa meal
  • 1 gallon (3.8 L) of rainwater or dechlorinated water

How To Make It:

  • Add the ingredients to a large bowl or jug and mix well.
  • Divide into mason jars, cover, and let the brew sit in a sunny, warm place for at least 36 hours. Stir a couple of times a day.
  • When you’re ready to apply, remove from the sunny spot to cool and then pour the mixture directly onto your plants.
  • Watch your babies grow!

You can always adjust the volume of tea for your garden’s needs.

tea in the garden

Do yourself and your gardens a favor by reading Garden Alchemy. This is such a great read and it offers so many tips for thriving organic plants!

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.