Home made fertiliser getting smelly

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Home made fertiliser getting smelly

Postby talktokeith » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:17 pm

Hi all,

Few months back I started my first liquid fertilizer with some grass clippings/weeds/plant cuttings in a 25L bucket, the liquid now getting quite smelly(in grey), and there is a layer of film on top with some bubbles, wondering is it still safe to use on my vegetable bed?

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Re: Home made fertiliser getting smelly

Postby abwal » Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:22 am

Your mixture is probably fermenting and this is causing the bubbles. The smell is caused by decomposition of the plant material.

Some gardeners add sugar to the mix to encourage fermentation.

I suspect you will need to dilute the mix with water before applying.
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Re: Home made fertiliser getting smelly

Postby talktokeith » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:42 am

abwal you are right! After some research found out that the fermentation will happen after few days, some people use the mix before it happen and some people just let it happen.... so I guess the mix is 'safe' to use as long as it is diluted.

But I also red somewhere saying the fermentation produce bad bacteria, and some say it's full of nutrients, so now I'm not sure whether I should use it or pour it down the drain :roll:
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Re: Home made fertiliser getting smelly

Postby abwal » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:40 am

Try some on a weed. :D
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Re: Home made fertiliser getting smelly

Postby talktokeith » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:46 am

LOL good suggestion :lol:
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Re: Home made fertiliser getting smelly

Postby markgrogan » Mon May 01, 2017 2:57 pm

That's kind of what happens when you compost - basically you want the whole lot to start decomposing to a certain extent which is why you even get bugs and creepy crawlies to help the whole process along. If you're worried about the smell, try putting it somewhere deeper into a storage shed or out in the open so that it can "breathe" better and carry the smell away from the living areas.
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