Oct 25, 2010

Fermented Plant Juice as Organic Fertilizer

farm thriving on fermented plant juice

I wish I had more time to garden.  Gardening is, to me, beneficial in many ways.  It provides my body exercise.  It brings food to my table and fresh flowers, too.  And the vegetables they give me are sure to be organic, free of dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
But with a busy household, gardening cannot be squeezed anymore into my schedule.  And when I buy fresh produce from the  local market, I wonder if they are really organic.  I sometimes suspect there might be traces of chemicals in the leaves of cabbage which make very good salads.
I wish more farmers will know and use organic fertilizers.  Elsewhere in this blog I have written about Earthworm or Vermi Cast and Indigenous Microorganisn Solution.  In this article I want to talk about Fermented Plant Juice or FPJ.  I wish all farmers will do the world a favor by using this cheap, easy-to-make and safe fertilizer.
Fermented Plant Juice or FPJ is another kind of organic fertilizer which is naturally made from plant materials which are acted upon by bacteria and yeasts to produce a liquid form of fertilizer.  This can be used to spray or sprinkle on plants.
Fermented Plant Juice gives more nitrogen to plants and enhances the ability of plants to photosynthesize or make their own food.  It also gives additional phoshorus and helps plants absorb more phosphorus from the soil.
You can make Fermented Plant Juice if you have Indigenous Micro-Organism Solution or IMO.  This is your source of bacteria and yeasts which will "cook" your plant materials to produce organic fertilizer.  The procedure is simple and the materials cheap and readily available.

1 kilo of plant materials which are actively growing e.g. kamote tops (budding leaves of sweet potato), banana shoots, bamboo shoots, budding leaves of malunggay
1 kilo muscovado sugar or molasses (the chemicals in white sugar and brown sugar will harm the bacteria and yeasts)
3 liters unchlorinated water (chlorine is not good for bacteria and yeasts)
rubber strips
white cloth (old white shirt)
3 to 5 tablespoons of IMO as starter

1.  Wash plant materials and slice thinly.
2.  Put plant materials into a pail and add muscovado sugar or molasses.  Mix thoroughly.
3.  Add 3 liters of unchlorinated water.
4.  Add 3 to 5 tablespoons of IMO as starter.
5.  Cover the mouth of the pail with clean white cloth.  Secure cloth by tying rubber strips around it.
6.  Place pail in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.  Leave undisturbed for 15 days.
7.  After 15 days, strain the contents of the pail and transfer liquid to a clean container.  You now have Fermented Plant Juice which is a very good fertilizer.

Add 3 to 5 tablespoons of FPJ in every liter of water and sprinkle or spray on plants just before sunset or early in the morning.  These are the times when the plants are in actively growing mode.
The same ratio (3 - 5 T FPJ in 1 L water) can also be added to the water or food of livestock such as chicken, pig and cow to serve as food supplements.

Photo Credit: herbanext.com


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