The Dirt Doctor – Garrett Juice Formula
Garrett Juice evolved over a period of years as I would tell readers and callers how to make an effective foliar feeding mix. The mix has always had compost, tea, molasses and seaweed, but the other ingredients have varied. Through trial and error, we came to the basic mix we use today. As always, my formulas are for making the mix at home, but there are commercial products on the market for convenience. My recommended basic formula is available commercially under the Garden-Ville and Nature’s Guide labels. Garrett Juice Plus from Soil Mender is the newest product and contains liquid fish. It comes in a concentrate and ready to use mix. 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 more fertilizer value add: 2 ounces of liquid fish (fish hydrolysate)
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.
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