Danny Pavek wrote:Hey just made an account to comment here..
At our lake house we process about 300 hand sized fish per weekend. We recently got a commercial grade garbage disposal to process these so that they can be sent into our septic system. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on collecting this and using it on plants. The issues that I have run into with using it are that since it comes out as a watery smoothy, it is hard to condense it down, and then there is the smell that comes with this type of process.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
Both seaweeds and what were considered trash fish, like lobsters and red fish, were simply tilled into the soil in the fall.
Dig a hole, place fish in hole, replace dirt then plant Maize seed, move down about a foot and repeat process.
Dan Grubbs wrote:At page 8 here of this publication, you can see a bit of measurement of different natural inputs on pasture compared to no input to the pasture: http://issuu.com/stewardculture/docs/stewardculture_no1
Now, the university tests weren't using fish emulsion, but they were using cod liver oil. I couldn't speak to the difference in Brix values and soil porosity between CLO and fish emulsion, but do note that raw milk seems to be a better soil input that CLO. I guess "better" as measured by Brix tests and soil penetrometers.
I don't know about you, but finding and applying raw milk seems to be a much less "icky" process than finding, processing and applying fish emulsion. I'm not claiming the results published in this publication (mine, for disclosure) is apples to apples regarding fish emulsion, but I think I'd start with raw milk before I'd start with fish emulsion. I know that doesn't answer the OP's questions, but I thought I'd add to the mix here in the interest of sharing tested information.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau, Lazlo the only real problem with simply putting fish leftovers in the ground is skunks, which will come and dig them up for a snack.
My ancestors used whole fish, this was buried about one and a half feet under the seeds.
At that depth, there is usually no animal that will dig that far down, so the new plants are safe.
The reason people make fish emulsion is convenience and for house plants it is a must if you want to use fish fertilizer on them.
When I make compost that is where just about every thing that will decompose ends up. My heaps get very hot from the extra nitrogen that ends up in them so all pathogens are rendered harmless (dead)
My last heap reached 197 f. for four weeks (when a heap is heating, I do not turn it till it starts to cool).