Have Nitrogen Hungry Vegetables? Use Fish Emulsion!
Fish Emulsion is a great additive for most gardens. In some gardens there are vegetables which require more nitrogen than others. For instance, a garden that grows corn will need more nitrogen than soybean. This is evidenced by the crops in the midwest being rotated each year, to allow the nitrogen to build back up in the soil. Instead of using an inorganic fertilizer that contains nitrogen, it is better for the environment and ultimately the crop if you use a fish emulsion in your fertilizer or compost.
Slow Release Nitrogen
Fish emulsion lends a slow release of nitrogen that can be replenished easier by reapplying it once a month or as the local climate demands. It also adds other vital nutrients to the soil, while keeping an agreeable fertilizer pH level. (Note: If you make your own fish emulsion, you can adjust the pH levels with additives such as Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar.)
Fish emulsion fertilizers also contain potassium, and some available on the market today can minimize, if not eliminate, he need for a separate potassium fertilizer. Because of that, you can save money by using a fish emulsion, too.
Another reason to use a fish emulsion for your nitrogen-heavy growing needs is because you can make it yourself, thus being frugal in your fertilization.
It takes a little investment, but with the right materials and a little bit of patience, you can have just the right nitrogen-rich emulsion for your compost pile or vegetable/fruit crop.