Philip shares how his batch of swamp water has helped the garden:
At a month old in this Tennessee summer. It has really changed the water into a deep dark green. We tested small parts of each plant bed with 1 qt in a 2 gallon waterer.
Black sunflowers leaves have doubled in size and plants are 6″ taller than the rest.
Corn has grown 6″ in 5 days (I have pictures).
Okra did not seem to care one way or another.
Tromboncino squash did not seem affected. But tromboncino is planted with a lot of bacterial fixed purple yard long pole beans. I always plant the troboncino on a trellis with lots of inoculated pole beans and i never fertilize either one.
Gonna try on brassica and carrot seeds as well as cucumber trellis.
Added some to watermelon and cantaloupe hills yesterday.
DTG, your posts are always an encouragement. Thank you and your family for giving out such wonderful information. As I was stirring my fetid swamp water and wondering if my root exudate would bring my husband out to the yard, I had a nice, hearty laugh and made up my mind to drop you guys a line saying “thank you”. So here I am. Thanks again!
Swamp Water Works!
On Tuesday I drove home from Hannibal, Missouri where I spoke at the Homesteading Life Conference on minimalist gardening and extreme composting. It was a blast, but I was beat after all that driving, preparing, socializing and more driving, on top of being in the middle of a move from one homestead to another.
At the event, a lovely lady with a great husband and cute kids came up to me and said, “David – I have to thank you. Swamp water saved our garden this year! We started late, and ended up with scrawny, bug-eaten crops in our so-so soil. So I made a batch of swamp water and started feeding it, like you said. Within a week everything was greening up, and then they really took off. We actually got a harvest, and we weren’t going to get anything! It works!”
I was very happy to hear it. Swamp water works! It’s one of my favorite methods. If you’re not making swamp water yet, it’s one of the methods I cover in Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting.
With Dave’s Fetid Swamp Water, you can replace fertilizer AND avoid having to make a bunch of compost to feed a large garden.
Here’s a video: