Your Garden Without Chemical Fertilizers

Submitted by Readydone

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Most people cannot believe how easy it is to grow plants without Miracle Grow or any other type of chemical fertilizer. Once you get your soil alive the micro-herd in the soil keeps plants growing very healthy. The actually types and numbers of bacteria are of little concern to the home grower. All we need to know is how to harvest them and encourage them to work for us.

If all the different types of bacteria went to school, lactic acid bacteria would have attended UWI. They have the job of managers in the micro-herd and are a good starting tool when transitioning to organic. They are very easy to extract and only require household inputs to culture. Better yet, they are anaerobic, (meaning can survive without air) so they can be keep in a pep bottle for up to a year without opening. These bacteria are not only used in farming but also have many uses like keeping pond water chrystal clear, have the ability to keep the scent of animals very low, also help keep your kitchen sink drain unclogged and it kills Candida (yeast) on contact. Some people drink it daily.

These guys are the first choice when transitioning into the organic life style – easy to extract, store and apply the procedure is as follows:

  • After washing a starch in the kitchen (bread fruit, potato, rice);
  • Pour the water in a large pet bottle with the funnel part cut off;
  • Leave this in a cool dark place that gets plenty air flowing (the corner of the gallery [patio]),

This stage is general bacteria you are harvesting from the air and will take 1-2 weeks until they use up all the starch as food.  At this stage you will see a transparent cast floating on the top and the heavy particles sinking to the bottom – this is the first stage. You want the clear liquid in the middle.

  • Separate and pour the clear liquid into a whole large pet bottle;
  • Add 2 cups of milk, the fresher milk the better but even evaporated milk will do, this is the same process as making cheese;

Over the next 1-2 weeks you will see a cheese type substance form on the top and a yellow serum form on the bottom, what has happen is the lactic acid in the milk has killed all the unwanted bacteria and you are left with just the helpful guys, in the yellow serum, (depending on materials used it will be slight yellow to very yellow).

Harvest the serum and add 1cup of sugar, this is the food source that will keep them alive indefinitely at room temp, now this is very concentrated, 3 table spoons to a large pet bottle un-chlorinated water is the serum you should use, one cup of this diluted serum is used to one gallon of water then you can apply this to your plants and surrounding areas at any stage of life, it helps a lot with the black smut that kills fruit trees.

14 thoughts on “Your Garden Without Chemical Fertilizers

  1. On a related issue:

    Bees pollinate two thirds of all our food — so when scientists noticed that silently, they were dying at a terrifying rate, Avaaz swung in to action, and we kept on swinging until we won. This week’s victory is the result of two years of flooding ministers with messages, organizing media-grabbing protests with beekeepers, funding opinion polls and much, much more. Here’s how we did it, together:

  2. A prayer…”Lord thank you for this posting. My heart is gladdened when others see the light. Please may Barbados realize that the only way to get healthy is for our foods to be healthy and the only way for our foods to be healthy is the “clean” way. did a wonderful job in saving the bees…but my petition lies sort of dormant with one person signing at a time…I push daily….but one can only take the horse to water and impossible to force him to drink…but I live in hope…I believe that the powers that be want us to be a healthy, clean island and that good sense will prevail. Ahhhmen!”

    Meanwhile please sign my petition…thank you!

  3. Very latest research claims bee die offs can also be linked to bee keepers using high fructose corn syrup as a feed for the bees as a replacement for the bee’s own honey. Apparently the bee’s honey contains compounds which boost the bees’ immune systems and helps them fight off the harmful effects of pesticides. When bees are fed on high fructose corn syrup instead of their own honey they become deficient in these immune system boosting chemicals and therefore become more susceptible to being poisoned by the farm chemicals and pesticides they pick up in the environment,.

    Study Connects High Fructose Corn Syrup to Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
    by Derrick Broze
    May 1, 2013

    A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The study was published by a team of entomologists at the University of Illinois.

    “Since approximately 2006, groups that manage commercial honeybee colonies have been reporting what has become known as colony collapse disorder—whole colonies of bees simply died, of no apparent cause. As time has passed, the disorder has been reported at sites all across the world, even as scientists have been racing to find the cause, and a possible cure. To date, most evidence has implicated pesticides used to kill other insects such as mites. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence to suggest the real culprit might be high-fructose corn syrup, which beekeepers have been feeding bees as their natural staple, honey, has been taken away from them.

    Commercial honeybee enterprises began feeding bees high-fructose corn syrup back in the 70′s after research was conducted that indicated that doing so was safe. Since that time, new pesticides have been developed and put into use and over time it appears the bees’ immunity response to such compounds may have become compromised.”

    The researchers findings indicate that by the bees eating high fructose corn syrup instead of honey they are not being exposed to certain chemicals that help boost their immune system and allow them to fight off toxins, specifically those found in pesticides.

    More at:

  4. @Readydone

    thanks for that information. I will use the serum on my apple trees. We cant use chemicals in Ontario and I have been losing my harvest to scab and black spot, plus worms. I tried soap and water with crushed tobacco, but when the rain comes it is all washed away. the apple maggot fly only need one day to lay its eggs, even in the rain.

  5. @ whoever,
    A subject for research. What is the effect on honeymaking, of bees utilizing pollen from GMO plants. Is there en effect, at the molecular level, on the Honey? Is there an effect on the Bees? My days of research are over, but I think some young person either in Agriculture or Entymology can investigate.

  6. GreenMonkey…………kudos for the info, we are now witnessing what happens when mankind with their godlike complex seek to interrupt and interfere with the balance of nature……………hope the governments have the testicular fortitude to keep GMO out of the islands.

    If Canada can ban the pesticides and garbage from their borders, so can the islands including Barbados.

  7. Rosemary Parkinson | May 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM
    “Please may Barbados realize that the only way to get healthy is for our foods to be healthy and the only way for our foods to be healthy is the “clean” way.”

    So true! And there could be growing and profitable local niche market for naturally grown wholesome foods, especially veg & fruits.
    Similar collapses of bee populations on the European mainland and the UK have caused the EU Parliament to ban recently a range of pesticides and ‘artificial’ fertilizers. Without bees and other insect pollinators the plant food and hence animal food chain would be severely compromised.

    The MoA need to find out if some of these banned chemicals are imported into to Barbados and could therefore be responsible for the decimation of the local honey bees. Rudy Gibson the bee man on Jemmotts Lane can attest to the negative effects on the ‘bees’ (no pun intended) and their distinctly reduced numbers.

  8. Miller………………pesticides like the banned paraquat aka indian tonic is still sold in Bim, everything that can kill, maim or destroy the food chain is available in Bim………….the leaders don’t think it’s important.

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