Homemade Fertilizer

Hi I’m Erin and today I show you how to
make an inexpensive homemade fertilizer that you can use on all of your vegetables on Our
Wyoming Life When you go to a garden store and look in
the fertilizer section you will be bombarded with all kinds of different fertilizers. It seems you can find a fertilizer for almost
every individual plant nowadays. I’m going to show you how to make an all-around
fertilizer that is not only good for your plants but good for the soil. 3 ingredients and some water is all you need. Alfalfa pellets, molasses and fish emulsion
is all it takes. It’s super simple to make and once you purchase
the items required you’ll have enough to make several batches and your plants will
thank you! First on the list is Alfalfa pellets. Just straight alfalfa, not rabbit food pellets
which can sometimes have salts and other minerals added in. This bag of 100% alfalfa was purchased from
my local feed store. They will know exactly what you waant if you
say 100% alfalfa and the smaller the pellet the better. Or it can be purchased online. The recipe calls for one pound of alfalfa
pellets for every 5 gallons of water. This large black tub holds enough water for
a triple batch so 3 pounds of alfalfa are weighed and added to the bucket. Alfalfa is a good source of nitrogen for the
garden as well as other minerals like phosphorous, potassium, calcium and many more. It also helps build organic matter in the
soil. Organic matter helps other organic material
decompose, helps prevent compaction, holds moisture in the soil, and improves the soil
structure. The pellets need to soak in water overnight
in order to break down. They will soak up quite a bit of water so
make sure that they have room to float and plenty of water to drink. But don’t fill your bucket all the way up
unless you are nearby your plants. Moving a full bucket of water to the garden
is never fun and is always messy! The next morning the bucket with the soaked
alfalfa pellets is moved into the high tunnel where the additional ingredients can be added
and the fertilizer will be applied to the tomatoes and peppers. Black strap molasses is added at a rate of
one tablespoon per gallon of water. This gallon jug was purchased online and was
not horribly expensive and I will be able to make several gallons of fertilizer before
I run out. Molasses is amazing for plants and the soil. It provides food for the healthy microbes
in the soil. The more microbe activity the healthier your
plants will be. Molasses is also high in calcium, magnesium
and potassium. Tomatoes love all of these. Molasses also has several trace minerals that
plants require to be healthy. Last ingredient is fish emulsion. Just being honest here, fish emulsion looks
and smells pretty horrible but it’s amazing. It’s the availability and presence of micronutrients
that make the fish emulsion so awesome. It also helps unlock the micronutrients that
are already in the soil and restore them into a form that the plants can utilize. The application rate for the fish emulsion
is on the label and 2 tablespoons per gallon of water is the recommended rate. The soil in the high tunnel is already high
on the nitrogen side as super nitrogen rich compost was added this spring so 1 tablespoon
per gallon is added to the bucket so as to not nitrogen burn the plants. Make sure to shake the bottle to loosen the
emulsion up before measuring. Once all 3 ingredients are in, the bucket
is filled with water. After it’s full give it a big stir. Yes it’s stinky and looks disgusting but
your plants will think it’s the best meal you’ve ever given them. Once you’re ready to apply, add one cup
of liquid fertilizer mixture to each plant. Just pour on the ground near the stem so the
roots can absorb it right away. It’s okay if there are alfalfa particles
in the water. There’s nutrients in them still and they
will break down as the garden waters in the future. After you’ve applied most of the liquid
to your plants there’s going to be a lot of alfalfa residue in the bottom of the bucket. Don’t throw this away. It’s can be a great addition to your compost
pile or I added mine to an area that I’m getting ready to plant winter carrots in. There’s still lots of nutrients in that
alfalfa and you don’t want to waste them. The mixture that was made today can be applied
to your garden once every two weeks. It’s super versatile and can be used on
all vegetables and works great on flowers too. Links for all the ingredients used today will
be below in the description as well as the recipe. Like us on Facebook and Instagram and make
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in the coming weeks and thanks for joining me in Our Wyoming Life.

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