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What are fish and seaweed emulsions? Why to make a homemade emulsion?

What are fish and seaweed emulsions?

• Fish emulsion, fish meal, seaweed/kelp meal, and liquid seaweed/kelp are some of the most powerful natural. fertilizers and also the soil amendments in the world.
• Most commercial fish emulsions are rated NPK = 5-1-1.
• Most commercial liquid seaweed sprays are rated NPK = 0-0-1.
• There are lots of important trace elements, growth hormones, disease control, and organic matter in these fertilizers.
• Fish Emulsion is mainly used for its quick high organic nitrogen.
• It is available with soluble P and K benefits as a foliar feed.
• Fish Meal is mainly a great soil conditioner.

More about Fish and Seaweed Emulsions…

• When you make fishy tea, you need to add the seaweed at brewing time.
• Let it brew for at least 1 week.
• Stir the brew every few days.
• To brew it aerobically with an air pump, try up to 3 days.
• Wait until the brew has a “yeasty” smell, or has a foamy top layer on the tea.
• You can apply this fish/seaweed emulsion at a dilution rate from 1:1 to 1:5 ratios which is 5 gallons of tea to 25 gallons of water.
• Add a few drops of mild liquid soap per gallon as a wetting agent to get better coverage as a foliar feed at application time.
• If concerned with using soaps which may harm the beneficial microbes in the teas then just use liquid molasses, dry molasses powder, fish oil, or yucca extract as a spreader-sticker.
• Use this tea as a foliar feed or as a soil drench or both.
• Soil drenches are best for building up the soil microbial activities.
• It also supplies lots of beneficial soluble NPK to the plant’s root system and the topsoil texture.
• Foliar feeds are best for quick fixes of trace elements.
• They also fix the small portions of other soluble nutrients into the plant through its leaves.
• Foliar feeds are also good for plant disease control.
• Foliar feeds work best when used with soil drenches or with lots of organic mulches around plants.
• Poke holes in the soil around crop roots with your spade fork.
• This ensures to get more oxygen in the soil and to further increase organic matter decomposition and increase microbial activity in the soil.

Why to make a homemade emulsion?

• In organic gardening, fish and seaweed emulsions are some of the best natural fertilizers available in the world.
• For a healthy organic bud one should consider using fish and/or seaweed emulsion as your fertilizer of choice.
• It’s cheaper to make an own emulsion.
• There are fewer nutrients in store bought fish emulsion because they use trash fish and fish bones.
• This version has less protein and fewer fish oils than if you were to use fresh fish parts.
• Improved plant vigor.
• Frost and heat resistance.
• Increased seed germination.
• Increased yields.
• Disease and pest resistance.
• Improved shelf life.
• Improved flavor.

Foliar Fertilization using Fish and Seaweed emulsion

• Foliar fertilization is the application, via spraying, of nutrients to plant leaves and stems.
• Here, they are absorbed into the plant through the cuticle.
• The field peppers are sprayed with a solar back pack until the liquid flowed off the leaves.
• Greenhouse and field studies were conducted on sweet peppers.
• The peppers were sprayed bi-weekly with 1 oz/gallon of fish, seaweed, fish/seaweed, 20-20-20, or water.

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