Preparing Fish Emulsion for Indoor Gardens
Indoor gardens are particularly receptive to fish emulsion. The following steps describe how to make fish emulsion for fertilizing indoor gardens.
- container or bucket with lid
- raw fish
- dry leaves
- unsulfured molasses
- dried seaweed
Step 1: Place several raw fishes into an airtight container. The container should feature fresh cut up parts, minced canned fish, or gutted fish waste. Generally, live fish shouldn't be caught for the sole purpose of producing fish emulsion. Also, avoid fishing from depleted fish stocks. If you raise fish in an aquarium for fish emulsion, go ahead and use that as a source.
Step 2: Add composting material to the container. This generally includes dry leaves, sawdust, or straw. At least one of these materials should be added in a 1:1 ratio with the fish. It will speed up the decomposition process of the fish components.
Step 3: The next step is to add about a quarter cup of unsulfured molasses, which is derived from untreated, mature sugar cane. Unsulfured molasses serves two functions in the production of fish emulsion. First, it promotes the growth of beneficial microbes. Secondly, unsulfured molasses suppresses the strong odor.
Step 4. Now, take two sheets of dried seaweed and shred them into small pieces. Nori, a Japanese seaweed, is one type of seaweed suitable for preparing fish emulsion. Place the shredded seaweed into a bowl of water and soak until the seaweed is soft. Then, pour the seaweed and water into the container.
Step 5. Stir the fish mixture periodically over several days and keep the container covered. After a week, the fish emulsion is ready. It can be applied directly to the soil or diluted with water.