Now we can change gears a bit and take a look at how I make my own fertilizer. The recipes can be found on theunconventionalfarmer dot com.
First you need to capture some lactobacillius bacteria. I used some rice wash from the dinner the night before. It was left out for a few days to collect beneficial bacteria.
This was then mixed with milk and allowed to ferment. The lactose in the milk creates an environment suited for the lactobacillius bacteria to propagate. After a week or two, the curds are discarded and the whey collected. This is the lactobacillius serum that is the base for making these fertilizers.
Next we can get a fish, any fish. Here I have a goldfish that I have chopped in eighths and put in the blender. It is combined with molasses and RO water then blended. Some Lacto serum is added and it is fermented for a few weeks. This is loaded with nitrogen, fatty acids, and micro nutrients. l use about 10-15ml per gallon from veg through the end of stretch, then taper off at the end.
For my grow fertilizer I use fresh cannabis leaf, and growth tips from my bonsai mom’s. I collect them in the fridge for week or so, then they are fermented the same as the fish fertilizer. This provides Nitrogen and growth hormones. I use about 10-15ml per gallon all through veg.
For my bloom fertilizer I mixed banana squash and papaya. Again this is mixed with RO water and molasses, inoculated with lactobacillius serum, and allowed to ferment for a few weeks. I use about 10-15ml per gallon all through flower. I like to ferment in growlers with air locks. They can be found a your local brew store.
For a calcium and phosphorus boost, I collected a bunch of egg shells and removed the inner membrane. They were then browned in a frying pan until they were half brown/black and half still white. These were ground up into a fine powder and covered with vinegar and allowed to set for a few weeks. I use 15ml per gallon as a foliar spray for the first week of flower to help the transition.
Finally I have a garlic and ginger extract that is useful for sick plants. This one is a bit different in we use beer or wine for the yeast. After fermenting separately for a few weeks the resulting liquid combined. This is used at 15 ml/gal for sick plants and as a pest deterrent. You don’t need those fancy growlers and air locks. A bottle with a balloon works just as good.