Last week I attended a great conference on Sustainable Farming and a representative from ECHO taught us this recipe for homemade liquid fertiliser. I thought I’d give it a go!
1) Firstly prepare your container. Check for leaks. Wash well with detergent, lemon and water and dry. Make sure any toxic materials or oil are washed out well.
2) Fill 1/3 with green grass/weeds/green leaves eg legumes. Weeds are good as they produce useful minerals.
3) Fill the next third of the container with manure. Fresh manure has more nutrients than dry manure. Mix different types of manure from different animals for the best results.
4) Add 2-3 shovel fulls of healthy living soil (it contains bacteria and micro-organisms that accelerate the process.
5) Fill with water and mix. (Note, if you are filling a large container, it may be hard to mix so you could fill it in layers).
6) Optional ingredients – ash (to add potassium), 1 shovel of soil from fish farming, small animals eg chicken, bird, rat, mouse, fish head, bowels of small animals
7) Cover container so
-flies and mosquitoes cannot get in
-no sunlight (kills bacteria)
-no rain (it dilutes it)
but it shouldn’t be airtight – it needs air.
8) Mix 5-10 minutes each day for 2 weeks. This adds oxygen. The more you stir, the faster the decomposition, the better the quality of fertiliser.
9) Ready in 2 weeks, pour through a filter. Store in bottles in the shade away from sun and rain for
10) To use – mix 1 part fertiliser to 20 parts water. Add to the ground, not onto leaves of plants or it will burn them. Mulch plants
For vegetables and small trees: add once or twice a week if needed. Other days add water only.
For established trees – once or twice a month as needed.
For Farming Gods Way maize – add if leaves are getting yellow, 125 ml diluted fertiliser once a week for one month to each planting hole containg 2 or 3 plants. Or, if you have no compost, add 125 ml per hole once or twice a week for 1 month. Only continue if it looks like it needs it.
If leaf burn is a problem, increase the dilution and add more often.
For my version I have used mango leaves, sweepings from my goat shed, a shovel full of good soil, same of ash, a bucket of water from my fish tank and the head, feet feathers and entrails of a chicken. I covered the container with a sheet and stored it in a corner away from the sun. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works!!
I alternated buckets of fresh mango leaves with buckets of urine soaked straw and goat manure.
I also added a bucket of water from my catfish tank, plus a shovel full each of live soil and ash, and the feet, head, feathers and entrails of a chicken. The sheet over it is to keep flies and mosquitoes off it. I’ll stir it ten minutes each day for the next 2 weeks. Then it should be ready for straining and storing for use.