Liquid Fertilizer Revisited

No soaking required!

I tested the 'dry' method of making liquid fertilizer last week and I'm sold. I used to soak the plant material in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks but that seems unnecessary. Just fit your container with a strainer at the bottom, leaving a gap underneath where the concentrated plant juice can store (see here @ 45:00).

This perforated container and drip pan setup doesn't actually require a strainer. However, I've rigged it up that way for test purposes. (I will be purchasing a large barrel with tap in future).

5 gallon container with drainage at the bottom (remnant from hanging tomato era)
Makeshift lid
Spacers (in this case, bricks)
Rack/Strainer (in this case, 3 layers of chicken wire)
Shrunken plant material (initially packed to the rim)
Decomposing muck (underneath)
Drip pan (in this case, pie plate)
(The barrel will have a tap)
Concentrated plant juice
This small stack produces 1/4 cup daily

Quick and simple. No wait, no stench. Use 4 tablespoons (60 ml) per watering can and Bob's your uncle.

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