A garden is the best alternative therapy.

My backyard stinks.

Hey, not because I don’t take care of it.  Precisely the opposite.  I fertilized this morning using fish emulsion and bat guano.  The backyard smells like a big dead fish.  My dog loves it, no doubt.  I caught her rolling on her back on the ground only to chase her away and find the cap to the fish emulsion bottle.  Gross.  As a friends uncle once put it to us, “Dogs love stank.” (Fish emulsion is safe to use around dogs, but don’t let them eat it because it stinks something nasty.  It won’t hurt them, is organic, and all fish fertilizer has a maximum allowable heavy metal content, so if they do get into it, they should be fine, albeit stanky.)

So I fertilized this morning.  It’s been about two months since I’ve fertilized and I think the garden veggies could use the extra boost.  I mix about 1 – 2 TB of deodorized (that’s right, this is the low odor formula – don’t ever get the straight up fish emulsion unless you want to smell like fish for days!) in a gallon of rain or filtered water and water each box with that after spreading bat guano around the base of each plant by the teaspoon.  Both guano and emulsion are safe organic products that won’t burn the plants.  Guano provides good nitrogen and phosphorus content as well as a host of microorganisms and beneficial bacteria.  Emulsion contains almost twenty trace minerals and a dozen different vitamins as well as being a good nitrogen source.  Nitrogen is needed to make DNA, amino acids and proteins, the very building blocks that are needed for optimal plant growth.  Phosphorus is also needed to produce the plant’s DNA, but acts to stimulate root growth and therefore is critical in the uptake of nutrients from the soil.

Most important, these organic fertilizers condition and help build soil.  The nutrients in these products allow the microorganisms in the soil to flourish and improve its quality, texture and health.   These products do not leach into the soil and ground water destroying life like synthetic fertilizers.  From nature and back again just as it has been done for ages…


Every bat guano's nutrient analysis is different depending on where the bats were and what they ate.

bat guano


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