Looking for a way to take your garden to the next level? Well, we’ve found a trick for you and it’s super easy.
It’s probably even right in your own home.
This video posted by Plant Abundance on Youtube takes you through the process of his fertilizing method that grows amazing fruits and vegetables.
Find the spot you want to grow a plant.
Begin by heading over to your “food forest” as Plant Abundance would say. Then pick a spot that you’d like to plant whatever it is you’d like to grow. In this case, he’s using spinach.
After that, you’re going to dig down far enough so it can root properly in the soil.
Grab a can of sardines and put the contents in the hole.
Now, this is where the magic comes from. You’re going to go to your kitchen or your nearest grocery store and get a can of sardines. It’s important that they are packed in water and not in oil.
Don’t worry about the wildlife, coffee grounds will fix that.
Any person would be concerned that burying fish in your yard could potentially attract wildlife to your backyard, but Plant Abundance has a tried and tested method to deter this.
You’re going to top the fish off with some spent coffee grounds. This will eliminate and absorb the odor, it’s good for your plants as well and keeps wildlife out.
The benefits of coffee grounds.
Coffee grounds contain high nitrogen and minerals like potassium and phosphorous. You can even use coffee grounds alone to help build quality soil. It also feeds our friendly worm friends.
Just note that the grounds are acidic. This is good for acid-loving plants like blueberries but should be used in moderation for alkaline-loving plants.
Get your plant and put it in.
Now that your soil is ready to welcome its plant into its new home, you’re going to take the plant out of the container.
Make sure to tease the roots a bit before setting the plant into the hole and covering it up with the soil. Now you’re going to let your plant baby grow.
This process might seem new to you, but it’s not a new practice.
This technique has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. According to Indian River Organics, many modern techniques of growing use synthetic fertilizers that deprive our plants of some very essential nutrients.
The use of fish as fertilizer dates all the way back to the Roman empire. It was the ancient North American secret.
Natives Americans would bury a whole fish or scraps of a fish as a way to bring in nutrients, replenish the soil, and essentially feed the plant.
How it works:
As the roots begin to grow out it’s going to reach the area where the fish was buried. Simultaneously the fish is also breaking down in that area, providing essential nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.
He compares it to a granular fertilizer, which results in a slow-release process.
It’s an extremely sustainable method.
Due to overfishing, there have been changes in our ecosystem. This has resulted in an abundance of sardines.
They also consume plant matter and are eating too much, further adding to that imbalance. It’s also an all-around healthier fish.
The video ends with him and his wife enjoying some of the “fruits of their labor”. It sure looks good.
If you watch the full video yourself, you can see that Plant Abundance is super knowledgeable in this field. Make sure to check out his Youtube channel for a plethora of helpful gardening tips.
See how to use sardines and coffee in the garden below!
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