Grow a Gar­den with Fish Guts

Field and Stream - - F&S - —W.B.

You can pay $40 for a gal­lon of some­one else’s liq­ue­fied fish guts. Or you can use the guts from the fish you’re bound to catch this sum­mer to make your own gar­den fer­til­izer. Peo­ple have been grow­ing crops with fish scraps since the be­gin­ning of time, be­cause it works.

If you have un­der­stand­ing neigh­bors and the ol­fac­tory tol­er­ance, you can cre­ate your own liq­uid fish fer­til­izer by com­post­ing the guts in a bar­rel with wa­ter along with wood chips, grass clip­pings, or veg­etable scraps. It’s go­ing to take a while to sim­mer to just the right brew, but se­ri­ous gar­den­ers swear by it.

I don’t have that much Mother Earth in me. But I do al­ways scat­ter fil­leted bream and crap­pie car­casses across my gar­den plot and till them right into the ground. So long as they’re suf­fi­ciently cov­ered with soil, you won’t no­tice much of a smell. I also spray the slime and scrap­ings from my fil­let­ing ta­ble right into my bean seedlings once I’m done clean­ing fish. Ev­ery sum­mer, we have more fresh veg­eta­bles than we can stand.

Mir­a­cle Grow Watch your gar­den blos­som with fish-scrap fer­til­izer.

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