Fish Emulsion

  • Fish Emulsion

    Posted by Wilburs-Place on September 7, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    My Homestead is about 300 yd from the Chowan River in North Carolina. Would you recommend collecting fish emulsion from the river? If so, do I collect the water or the sludge at the banks of the river. What is (what crop) is fish emulsion best used for?

    potpourri_of_life replied 1 year, 8 months ago 12 Members · 16 Replies
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  • VanessaC

    September 7, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    You can make your own fish emulsion. It stinks but it’s worth it. There’s lots of recipes on the internet. Personally I just catch fish, put them in the blender with water and ferment them in the greenhouse for several days.

    • Wilburs-Place

      September 7, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      AFTER I posted this, I dug a little deeper! I don’t know why I thought there might be something special about fish water, but….. Kind of embarrassing! What I have been doing, before realizing it was called fish emulsion, was using sardines. I stockpile cases of sardines and prior to planting I mush them all up and spread them in the rows or the holes! I think I was on the right track and didn’t even realize it! Thank you so much for your response!

  • 3star

    September 7, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    I can’t wait to mash those fish. Thanks 🙂

  • DeepSouth

    Community Leader
    September 7, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Sardines the NEW fertilizer PREPAREDNESS Item!!! I can see the sardines flying off the shelves now. Thanks for this info for those wanting ways to create their own.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  DeepSouth.
    • theIAMofMEinTN

      September 7, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      Now why did somebody have to go mention my SECRET!?!? LOL I have a big stash of sardines. I put one in each tomato hole with other “secret ingredients”. They are also something I use once in awhile to give our pup a treat. He LOVES them. I add them sometimes to his food. He also drinks the water in the can. NASTY!! Sardines are very hard to find right now. And they have definitely gone UP!

      • potpourri_of_life

        September 8, 2022 at 5:59 am

        Here in NH I am finding them on our shelves. The price has gone up, yet they are available. Yet honestly, even though I know they are great for fertilizer, I am using them for our own nutritional benefit

      • theIAMofMEinTN

        September 8, 2022 at 5:14 pm

        I know they are good for you. I just can’t do it. LOL They stink and are gross. That’s my opinion though. Now, I’m sure my opinion would change if I was starving. They use to be 89 cents a can here. Now they are around $1.50.

      • potpourri_of_life

        September 11, 2022 at 1:37 am

        They very in price right now. My preferred brand is now over $2 a can, so we are purchasing the ones that are 99c and another that are $1.50

  • themacs

    September 7, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I get lobster bait in the spring and bury them in the soil before planting tomatoes, peppers, zuchinni etc. I cover the bait with lime so raccoons or whatever won’t dig it up. It seems to do the job the whole season

  • Mamafox

    September 7, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I just started mine with shrimp shells and crab claws…it smells yummy! 🤤

  • culdesacgrocerygarden

    September 7, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    No way am I squandering my sardines by burying them in the dirt, lol I love them! They taste like the ocean. Yum. I would rather go scoop some pond water from the neighborhood “lake” on the DL and use that. Hahaha.

  • coastalredwoodhomestead

    September 8, 2022 at 5:52 am

    I live right next to the ocean and I collect all kinds of fish crabs and seaweed. I fill up five gallon buckets cover with water and let them ferment for a couple of months and this way all the bones will be liquefied

  • DavidTheGood

    September 9, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Though freshwater fish are good, I believe saltwater ones are best due to the higher mineral content in the ocean.

  • Sandra

    September 9, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    I have a small polyethylene fish pond about 250 gallons with a water pump and filter, the filter has to be cleaned weekly and I wash the gunk out of it to make my fish water, plants seem to love it.

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