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The ultimate plant food!


We all see a lot of products in stores and nursery’s that claim to be great plant food, right?

The only problem is that most of the synthetic products tend to attempt to “treat the plant” for the sort-term, but totally ignore the biological activity in the SOIL, which is the key to good plant health.

My mentor and Plant guru, Howard Garret, has been developing a wonderful organic plant food that has done wonders in my gardens and flowerbeds for the last 3 years. It can be made at home from readily available stuff. Here’s the formula:
To make your own, here are the instructions:

Mix the following in a gallon of water.

Garrett Juice (ready to spray):
1 cup compost tea
1 ounce molasses
1 ounce natural apple cider vinegar
1 ounce liquid seaweed

For Garrett Juice Plus and more fertilizer value add:
1- 2 ounces of liquid fish (fish hydrolysate) per gallon of spray.

For disease and insect control add:
¼ cup garlic tea or
¼ cup garlic/pepper tea
or 1 – 2 ounce of orange oil

For homemade fire ant killer add: 2 ounces of orange oil per gallon of Garrett Juice

Note 1: To avoid burning plant foliage, the ready-to-use solution should not have more than 2 ounces of orange oil per gallon of spray.

Note 2: We now know why the mix works so well, not only on the foliage, but also in the soil. The ingredients are a well balanced blend of nutrients and food for both beneficial fungi and bacteria.

Garrett Juice Concentrate: Mix the following: 1 gallon of compost tea or liquid humate, 1 pint liquid seaweed, 1 pint apple cider vinegar, and 1 pint molasses. To make Garrett Juice Plus add 1 pint fish hydrolysate. Use 1½ cups per gallon of water for the spray.

I have been using this formula for about 3 years and every growing season has been phenomenal with vibrant potted plants and native soil planted plants!
Shrubs, roses, succulents, grasses, tomatoes, peppers, and even exotics that I have experimented with have grown like crazy using this basic formula instead of synthetic amendments.

GO Plants!

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Thanks for those recipies!!

1 Feb, 2011


Yes I agree with Lulu Thanks for the recipies......

1 Feb, 2011


Thank you for the recipies. Can you elaborate on the compost tea please.

1 Feb, 2011


Thanks for that not sure I understand all of it but will research :)

1 Feb, 2011


I will definitely try it, but how does one make compost tea?

2 Feb, 2011


Compost Tea "how to" in detail:

If you have a nice compost pile, you can make it!

Indoor potted plants benefit greatly from being watered by a diluted solution about once per month. ;-)

Hope this helps,

2 Feb, 2011

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