I rescue turtles. A botanist friend of mine told me their ick is incredibly healthy for plants. It most certainly is!
I grow organic, heirloom food for them and myself and use an organic water filter to first filter the water from their pond. Second, when I clean the filter sponges,
all the ick and water is captured in a wheelbarrow, to which I add epsom salt, to help bind the nutrients to the roots of the plants. Between the nitrogen, waste and
filtered water, the resulting flavor, size and robust volume of fruiting is Just Amazing.
First year, a sad lemon tree with pickle sized fruit, yielded over 2500-3K meyer lemons the size of grapefruits. You could smell one across a room all day long.
All my fruit trees, which had been neglected and unfed for years, has astronomical yields of the richest tasting fruit. One young persimmon only 7' tall and 3' in
diameter got 4 grocery bags of fruit. The 16" diameter apple trees branches had them all crack under the weight of the the fruit, after 90% of the blooms had been removed in spring.
Composting around the tree, like I do in the garden, is amazing. Add the epsom salt to a cleared area for watering, so you deliver food to the worms, roots and microbes.
I layer organic coconut coir, organic compost from my bin, organic hops from a local brewery, organic coffee grounds and put seeds in the ground.
The organic filter for the water, with a neonidium? magnet on each end of the hose, keeps metals in the water out of my food. Last year's 3 squash plants yielded
96 squash, the tomatoes and EGGPLANT are still growing and fruiting year round. Amazing flavor. Pond water every 3-4 weeks. Watering only every 10 days and less if
it rains. Nutritious, loose soil stocked with worms and covered with coconut coir holds 8x the water than regular soil does.
Also, I added dark wine bottles around the perimeter of heat loving plants- including strawberries. (Necks pointed toward the stem.) The extra hours of heat generated by
the dark bottles, partnered with covering the soil from evaporation with direct sunlight, keeps the interior of plants warmer and the branches reach out and up. This year,
I'm cementing my bottles into pyramids to capture more heat and make them more garden art that looking like trash strewn around. Mixing pretty bottles makes it more attractive.
I'm testing raising squash UP immediately, so moisture can't gather, deterring mold. Bottle pyramids with the necks facing the sky will be telling.
Just read to not disturb the microbes in soil; snip weeds, don't pull. Use groundcover crops for more nitrogen in rows between plants. Adding that to my plans this year.