Homemade fertilizers, fermented plant extracts

African Nightcrawlers are badass too, just gotta have a more contained bin, they like to escape but they eat 4x-10x more than a red wiggler. And their “castings” are a bit bigger


The point of my confusion was that, at least IMO, the healthiest most resistant plants are going to be grown organically. Cannabis has learned over its long time on earth how to be symbiotic with most fungi and how to be bug resistant.

Not to say they dont have their weak points, but that’s just nature. With KNF techniques you use local biomatter to basica innoculate your plant against local pests and harmful fungi.

Think of a human, which one will have a stronger immune system? The one that eats more like our ancestors, or the one that eats big macs?

Being that I grow cannabis for another human to consume, I shy away from chemical salt fertilizers, it just makes sense to me.





I like down to earth amendments . Most of everything they package in is even compost able. They have great quality control as well as they were a small local business that started in store out of Eugene oregon and i prefer to support local businesses . This year i incorporated epsom salt at 5ml per gallon once per week in flower and insect frass was used in every compost tea . Insect frass has the enzyme chitin which is made of a large percentage of natural silica . It also helps deter bugs . Its most effective as a foliar and can be used multiple times per week . It was almost like a base nute for me this year . I swear by using both now . When you feed epsom salt you can scope your plant and by the next day you will notice an increase in terpenes by smelling your plant and watch the trichome perk up and swell . I have done this is multiple different indoor outdoor and light dep this year to test it out .


@Saucyslabz I use down to earth amendments as well.

This is some gelato x purple punch from last round


Looks just like what i grow . My profile pic is of my light dep on the day we harvested . All of my indoor turns out so frosty just like your pic


Hell even your outdoor can be frosty like indoor


That is some damn good looking od.

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One of the lesser known supplements for plants are amino acids
Have a look into those for a little go s a long way and they make a big diffrance
L-tryptophan and L-arginine are the ones i recomend most


Thank you ! Great info

I’m a salty cash cropper now, but I have years of experience with organic and specialty growing methods like Korean Natural Farming. The Japanese Knotweed removal thread got me thinking about biostimulants and a potential novel “super food” fertilizer for the cannabis garden.

Everyone knows compost and manure as a soil conditioner and base NPK. The most common biostimulants are humates and kelp. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about moringa and knotweed. The latter is the active ingredient in Regalia, the systemic organic IPM for powdery mildew.

I would love to make a molasses based lacto-fermentation that contains moringa, knotweed and a less refined version of AGT-50 Fulvic Mineral Complex that contains carbon for beneficials in the rhizosphere. The dosage would be similar to KNF at 5ml/gallon drench and foliar. It would be a balanced start to finish NPK with fantastic biostimulants for cannabis growth.


Tried some charred rice hulls on a few transplants and definitely seemed to like it. They prayed like when i used power si granular, $20 60lbs so hopefully i keep liking it i got enough to last a minute


Did you happen to charge your carbon source before you used it?

A common method is to mix biochar or rice hull char with grass clippings or other N source and let it compost. Alternately, a calcium source can be used to neutralize with an ionic charge. The last option is to feed with a highly nutrient available tea or fertilizer solution to runoff, otherwise it may be a nitrogen sink initially.


No first time using it, just flame charred it a did a light mix in on a few since it was something new. Will definitely try your suggestions next time i got-a big ole bag to use


I love portmanteaus when it comes to words and ideas.

What if I used the knotweed/moringa/molasses fermentation to charge charred rice hulls for use as an IPM, biostimulant and aeration admixture in potting mix? I could make tens of dollars.

I was going to ask if anyone had any knotweed to send me to experiment with, but I think my wife would murder me if I started yet another gardening or money making project.

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You gotta start with the money part then you know she’s at least listening for a min before saying before no or killing you


Hey hey, check this lacto ferment batch, I posted it in a different ferment stream, but this seams more relevant. Prickly pears, whole organic bananas, comfrey, stinging nettle, and powdered coconut cream, homemade lacto, water. Almost 14 gallons worth.


That looks good enough to eat! (OK, maybe not the nettles).

I want to do a neem seed (slow release N, azidiractin), beet root (High P, sugars and humic-like substances), horse tail (silica) and knotweed (cytokinins, SAR against powdery mildew) ferment for the biostimulants and NPK.

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I still have prickly pear in my fingers so maybe not eat that but it smells like a smoothy and that color is slightly more vibrant than beets, I should have added horsetail! Damn, there’s so much by the creek. My brilliant friend Kaitlyn turned me on to ferments, she grows with ferments and KNF tek exclusively and her boyfriend doesn’t, everything else is the same IPM wise and the same strains. Her outdoor looks like indoor, his looks like outdoor. I attribute this to the level of care AND the fresh plant food. Nothing wants to eat factory precessed food instead of momma’s home cooking. I got to get her on this website, she’d be a wellspring of knowledge. MoM material for sure


I handle fungus with local soil microbes, super easy, just keep a patch of the forest floor moist and put that dirt in the tea bag. Can you say streptomyces?