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Recipes and Uses of Garrett Juice in Organic Gardening

written by: BStone•edited by: Lindsay Evans•updated: 9/18/2010

Developed by organic gardening guru Howard Garrett, garrett juice is a nutritious cocktail for your growing plants. You can make it yourself or purchase the already made commercial product.

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    organic garden Garrett juice is a healthy, organic tonic for your garden. How beneficial is it? Think about someone going to a health food store and ordering a spirulina smoothie — it's packed with valuable nutrients and beneficial compounds to nourish, strengthen, and revitalize. Howard Garrett's recipe is the health food smoothie of organic gardening. It is a natural, eco-friendly dose of goodness for the soil and growing plants.

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    Benefits of Garrett Juice for the Organic Garden

    Why use this juice for your organic garden? First of all it is a natural alternative to a chemical fertilizer. Synthetic products are not good for the environment, nor for the animals and humans who live within the environment (that's all of us). The fertilizers often leach nitrates into the soil and our drinking water. While chemical fertilizers may produce an initial spurt of growth, they are followed by reduced growth — which is a reason to use more fertilizer, perpetuating a cycle that leaves the plant's ecology off-balance and the soil hard and compact.

    Second, Garrett's garden tonic is great for the soil and your plants — it is 100% beneficial, improving soil quality, plant vitality, and the environment. It will encourage better growth, not just in the short term but in the long-term as well. This is because the ingredients provide nutrients for plants as well as food to stimulate beneficial microbe activity.

    Third, especially if you make the homemade recipe yourself, garrett juice is much less expensive option than chemical fertilizers.

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    The Ingredients

    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.

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    References

    The Dirt Doctor <http://www.dirtdoctor.com/organic/garden/view_question/id/204/>

    "Natural Gardening for Healthier People and Planet." Pine Island Garden Club.org

    photo by Julie (CC/flickr) <http://www.flickr.com/photos/organikal/4910125438/sizes/m/in/photostream/>