Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fish emulsion Fertilizer

As most of you know I garden organically, which means I fertilize organically also. One really good natural fertilizer is really stinky and smelly, but the plants really love it and it is a great way to give them a boost of energy. Preparing your own fish emulsion is a great way to fertilize your plants. Some of the old timers would bury fish or fish parts in the garden, but I have found making an emulsion is easier and less time consuming. There are a couple ways that you can do this. 1. Take about 4 cans of canned fish and place in a 5 gallon bucket of water, put a lid on the bucket, and set aside to rot for about 5 days. Strain out the solid bits and feed your garden with the liquid. A little goes a long way so the 5 gallon bucket will do most gardens. I have large garden and I do 15 gallons at a time. So for most home gardens 5 gallons will go a long way. 2. The second way is to use fish parts gotten from the fishmonger or your own catch and putting those in the bucket instead of the canned fish. Same thing, fill with water, put a lid on and let it rot for several days. I will warn you if you have a weak stomach this might not be for you as it really really stinks. Stomach churning kind of stink. Another warning is that if you do not put a lid on the bucket then you will have maggots, which will intensify the stink. Also, you will need to check the bucket each day and make sure that the gases can escape or the bucket will explode from the gases created by decomposition. I just set the lid on top of the bucket instead of snapping it down securely. However, sometimes I have had some flies get in that way, but my chickens love the maggots. So that doesn't bother me, but it might bother someone else. Good luck and feed that garden for a healthy, jumbo yield this year!

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