Worm products provide excellent fertilizer but there are many other methods of making easy organic boosters. The Paul Taylor method of bio fertilser involves the use of fresh manure which is great if you have animals in your system.
You’ll need a 150 lite sealable drum, a 1.25 liter empty sealable water bottle, a 1 mete hose and drum connector, a bucket and serve. The organic ingredients are 30 liters fresh manure (cow manure is great), 1.5 liters palm sugar mixture, 2 liters unpasteurized fresh milk, 150 grams bakers yeast (not brewing yeast), 1 tablespoon natural yoghurt, 1.5 liters Luke warm non-chlorinated water to mix ingredients and extra non-chlorinated water to fill the drum.
This is sort of like cooking in that we want to stimulate microbe growth of the yeast and dairy bacteria by adding sugar and warm water similar to making bread.
To make our blend we first need to prepare the drum by ensuring its clean (sterile) and then making a shoe sized hole just under the rim. Attach the hose with the hose connector here ensuring a snug fit. Place the end of the hose in the full water bottle to create an air lock.
Add manure to the drum along with any mineral additives you have like bio char, bone char or rock dust (these are not essential but do help a lot).
In a separate bucket, combine Palm sugar and warm water, milk, yeast and yoghurt. Allow this to sit for a few minutes until it’s foamy like when raising yeast for bread.
Serve this mixture into the barrel and slowly mix into the manure. Once combined, fill the barrel to just below the hose port with non-chlorinated water. (20cm below the lid). Seal the drum with the lid and allow to stand for at least 24 hours. This mixture can then be diluted at a rate of 1:20 with water and sprayed as a fertilizer or stored in the barrel for several months.
All these additions help to condition the soil and when combined with companion planting, conditioning cropping, ant guilds and good water management, they can help build excellent soil and continue to produce excellent crops without the need of any harmful external inputs, using only what is already naturally available. No waste and productive gardens! Happy gardening!
Written By Sarah Bruns