So, what exactly is in this organic gardening tonic? It is simply compost tea, enhanced with molasses, apple cider vinegar, and seaweed. To start, prepare the compost tea. Fill a container, such as a plastic bucket, with equal parts of compost (manure compost works well) and water. Let it sit for at least 24 hours. Strain with cheesecloth and dilute until the solution looks like iced tea. Now for the recipe:
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 cup of compost tea
- 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar
- 1 ounce molasses
- 1 ounce liquid seaweed
Mix the water and tea together, then add the other ingredients. Spray on plants — vegetables, flowers, herbs, everything. Use it in either the morning or evening, avoiding the hotter hours of the day. Use once a month, keeping in mind that as your organic garden thrives from the use of beneficial natural fertilizers, you can add the juice less frequently.
One of the benefits of making this homemade recipe is that you can add more optional ingredients if you want. For a more potent effect add 1 ounce of fish hydrolysate. To repel insects add 1/4 cup of garlic tea (Toss three garlic bulbs in the blender and strain. Add to one gallon of water. You can store in a used plastic milk jug).
You can also purchase this organic fertilizer from gardening stores or through eco-friendly lawn care sites such as Clean Air Gardening.
Garrett juice is a really remarkable organic fertilizer that your garden will love. Thanks to the efforts of Howard Garrett, the Dirt Doctor, organic gardeners have more ways to make their garden grow naturally.