I had a strong desire to post the smell of my garden today. I’ve been using more liquid fertilizer than normal this year. The result is that it smells more than normal.
Watering can with liquid fertilizer
There are many options for fertilizing bonsai, and individual varieties – and sometimes specimens – have specific requirements. I tend to rely on lumps of cottonseed meal, but because I’m behind in cleaning the surface of the soil for the trees I didn’t repot, I’m using liquid instead. And because I like using organic fertilizers whenever possible, I use a lot of fish emulsion.
Mmm – fish emulsion! From Encinal Nursery
Why not use dango, the Japanese fertilizer balls? Because the raccoons – or whatever creatures steal dango in the night – find them endlessly fascinating. Using loose clumps of cottonseed meal and liquid fertilizer reduces my interaction with varmints.
Fertilizing with fish emulsion
I imagine some bonsai enthusiasts are very precise in their application of bonsai fertilizer. I’m not. I pour fish emulsion in the bottom of a watering can, add water, and swish it around. I demonstrate more discipline when it comes to how frequently I fertilize. I don’t keep track of dates on the calendar – a clear best practice – but I make sure my trees get plenty of food. Just wish it smelled better sometimes.
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