Like us, plants do need to be fed regularly in order to stay healthy. Soil nutrients, especially for potted plants, get depleted over time. As a result of this lack of nutrients in the soil, plants may look unhealthy with fewer leaves or produce, and are more prone to various diseases.
In contrast, healthy plants have lush foliage and regular flower blooms. Applying organic fertilizers on a regular basis helps to restore the depleted nutrients in the soil. Creating your own compost is ideal if you have enough time and backyard space.
From my experience as a working mom, the easiest do-it-yourself organic fertilizers are from kitchen scraps like rice wash, fish parts, used coffee grounds, egg shells and banana peels. Remember though that each one has its own purpose, and should be used according to the plants’ specific needs.