Over the past couple months I have enjoyed my weekends consisting mostly of attending BIB workshops and working on my backyard. Yesterday I had some extra time so I decided to make some Fertilizer Cakes.
Here's me making Fertilizer Cakes in my backyard. I have been leveling everything and just put down lots of landscaping fabric.
This is the recipe I used this year, which I got from Boon- I altered it slightly because I had this left over box of Dr. Earth(Fish Emulsion Not Pictured).
3.5x Cottonseed meal
1x Bone meal
1x Fish meal
1x Dr. Earth-made of Cottonseed meal, Fish Bone meal(which is differnt from Fish meal and Bone meal), Alfalfa meal, Feather meal and Kelp meal
50/50 water/fish emulsion.
Boon's Fertilizer Cake Mix: 4x cottonseed meal, 1x fish meal, 1x bone meal, Fish emulsion and water.
I purchased all the ingredients at a Farm Supply store which I found to be the cheapest spot. I mixed them all together in a tub and used plastic wrap to cover the top of the tub letting everything sit for two days. Last year I let everything sit for two weeks and the fertilizer grew this crazy white substance all over. This is the first year I did not add flour in the mix because if possible, I figure it's better off without the filler. The combination of lots of fish emulsion and leaving everything mixed for two days, made the cakes stick together nicely.
Here's a close up of the cakes I made this year. In order to keep the cakes from drying out while sitting on the soil surface, I decided to make them in this shape. The idea is that the water will pool in the in-dent and help keep the cakes moist. This very well may be unneccessary, but I figured I'd give it a shot.
Here's how I made the shape. I took some of the fertilizer in between my pointer finger and thumb, then with my other hand I support the back and compact the cake with my hands.
Then I stick my thumb in to make an indent in the cake. Like I mentioned before, this might just be a silly idea, but with some extra time I figured hey why not try it out? I'm curious how do you make your cakes and what ingredients do you use?
I also wanted to share this awesome little Japanese Maple, I got to re-pot at a BIB workshop(this is not my tree).
Pot is ready to go, Z clip holding the screen and aluminum wire to tie down the tree.
Here's the tree all potted up. Thank's for checking out my blog!