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Post  mapspringer on 4/10/2014, 12:28 pm

A co-worker was telling me how a neighbor of his goes fishing around the time of planting out the summer garden.  Upon returning with the day's catch he digs the hole for a tomato plant, for example, but digs deeper than normal.  He then adds a fish, covers it with dirt and plants the tomato on top of it.  This is not SFG/raised bed, of course.  He says the results are quite amazing!  Not a technique for fertilization that I've ever come across.   Shocked

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Post  camprn on 4/10/2014, 1:04 pm

I bury fish parts into my compost pile.  okay 

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/10/2014, 1:26 pm

The Indians used to bury fish in their corn hills.  One fish per hill / 4 stalks of corn.  They also planted beans and squash with the corn.  I'm sure the fish helped those as well.

We tried el cheapo dry dog food on our tomatoes and had them go NUTS!  GREAT harvest!

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Post  slimbolen99 on 4/10/2014, 2:06 pm

My grandparents did that as far back as I can remember -- except we/they would go fishing, fillet and eat the fish, and throw the scraps (bones, guts, skin) in the ground for the tomatoes and something else, but I can't remember what.  Nothing went to waste on their farm. I have done the same thing, ever since.  Did so today actually, with some scraps we've been freezing for the last month or so.  Will work in SFG as well, dig a little deeper, cover with some Mel's Mix, and then plant the tomato.

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/11/2014, 10:37 am

I once fished for steelheads in Lake Erie.
12 - 15 lb fish are the normal in the fall., I'd bring them home, filet them and alll remains would go in my beds.
This was before SFG.
This was done in Oct, the next spring (may) when I rototilled  everything was decayed, an odor was present, however quickly diminished.
I'm talking about the remains of 9, 12-15 lb fish in each 4 X 10 bed.
Gave me good plants..
There was a 3 fish limit, I would get all remains from friends I fished with. (until they found out how good it worked)

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Post  GWN on 4/11/2014, 11:08 am

I live a few miles away from the mouth of the Adams river, which is quite famous for the Adams river salmon run.  People come from all over the world to see it. (big tourist attraction)
So the salmon go up the river to spawn and then they die.
The fall before we moved here was the largest Salmon run ever recorded, the numbers were many times greater than expected.   
Problem was that the entire lake that the river feeds into was totally covered with dead fish.   
So many people did take the fish and bury in gardens, however many of them ended up with bears in their gardens.... What a Face

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/11/2014, 7:40 pm

Oooww...  Bears.... Yeah, that would be a problem!

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Recycled aquarium water?

Post  Windmere on 4/12/2014, 10:38 am

Speaking of fish:  I vacuum gravel and 25% water change my daughter's aquarium every five to seven days.  I've been using the waste water for my plants.  Is this a good idea?  I can't see any harm... but all you gardening mavens might know different.


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/12/2014, 12:55 pm

Yes, have at it, Windmere!  There are aquaponic systems I know of that the fish feed the plants w/ their waste and the plants feed the fish with leaves, etc.

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