Native Americans were correct about the nutrients in fish, but thankfully you no longer have to catch your own for each seed you plant. As you ponder the fertilization options available for your garden, consider the unique features and benefits of fish fertilizer.
How is Fish Fertilizer Made?
What are the Benefits of Fish Fertilizer?
As fish fertilizer improves soil health, it also increases soil fertility by providing the primary nutrients necessary for plants to thrive. Fish fertilizers offer a source of burn-free nitrogen, along with the other primary nutrients of phosphorus and potassium. Unlike synthetic options, they may also provide secondary nutrients, such as calcium, which is found in Alaska® dry fertilizers.3 Plants that receive a balance of primary and secondary nutrients experience strong and steady plant growth, leading to vigorous plants that can better withstand disease and pest issues. 4
How do You Use Fish Fertilizers?
To use Alaska® Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1 on outdoor annuals, bedding plants, vegetables and herbs, shake well, and then mix 2 tablespoons of fertilizer with 1 gallon of water. One gallon will cover 25 square feet of soil. For berries, perennials, roses and vining plants, mix 3 tablespoons of fertilizer with 1 gallon of water for every 25 square feet of soil.
Add Alaska® Morbloom Fertilizer 0-10-10 to promote vigorous root growth on flowering plants. Mix 1 tablespoon per gallon of water for every 25 square feet of annuals, bedding plants, vegetables and herbs. For perennials, bulbs, roses, shrubs and vines, mix 2 tablespoons with one gallon of water for every 25 square feet of soil.
Regardless of your choice of liquid fertilizer, apply every 3 weeks during the growing season.
Alaska® dry fertilizers can be used on indoor and outdoor plants. For new garden spaces and containers, apply Alaska® by Pennington® Vegetable & Tomato Dry Fertilizer 4-6-6 or Alaska® by Pennington® All Purpose Dry Fertilizer 6-4-6 to the area up to 1 week before planting. Mix the pellets into the prepared soil and water well to get organisms to work, increasing fertility before plants are added.
For existing gardens and container plants, scatter pellets onto the surface of the ground, and gently work them into the top 1 inch of the soil around plants with a rake. Water well after every fertilizer application.
All plants need fertile, biologically-active soil to thrive. Fish fertilizer offers the immediate benefit of plant food with the long-lasting effect of increased microbial activity in the soil. As you prepare your growing space for the next season, consider adding fish fertilizer to your planting and maintenance schedule.
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1. "Growing Food," Plymouth Plantation
2. Catherine Moravec, David Whiting, Adrian Card, Carl Wilson, Jean Reeder, "The Living Soil," Colorado State University, October 2015
3. David Whiting, Adrian Card, Carl Wilson, Jean Reeder, "Plant Nutrition," Colorado State University Extension, January 2016
4. Geoff Zehnder, "Managing the Soil to Reduce Insect Pests," Extension, August 2015