Remember that old story of the natives teaching the Pilgrims to bury
fish beneath their corn plants? It works. That’s why “fish emulsion” or
“fish fertilizer” is still sold as a common organic fertilizer. Plants
love it – and you can make it yourself. This is a good thing, because
fish emulsion is really expensive.
As I posted previously, my friends Rick and Mart came over a few weeks ago for a major yard work day. Both of these guys are pretty hard-core plant geek/survivalist/homesteader types.
When they arrived, Rick said, “Hey… I brought you a little gift from the Caribbean market.” He then proceeded to haul two buckets of nice fresh fish guts and parts from the back of his truck.
I was thrilled. What thoughtful friends I have!
Once I had this bounty… it was time to make it into something amazing for my plants.
If you have access to fish waste, you can do the same thing I do. It’s easy and it smells incredible. Here’s how I’m doing it.
Step 1: Get A Big Barrel
After this particular project, you’re not going to want to use this barrel for anything else, so choose wisely. I got a great used 55-gallon drum with a top from the local feed store:
You want a lid for this thing to make sure animals stay out and that
none of the fish turn into undead zombie fish and escape in the night.
They’ll come in your windows and stuff, trashing your house and eating
your brains. Don’t let that happen.