Alaska Fish Fertilizer...
The vegetable garden has kicked
into high gear lately. I’m so happy to see such rapid growth and food
production. Right now I’m harvesting beans and peas every couple of
days and our spaghetti squash and corn are bigger than ever. This
exponential growth is definitely the Lord’s blessing on our crops -
for which I’m very grateful! It is also due to the fact that we use
Alaska Fish Fertilizer on our gardens. We’ve been using Alaska Fish
Fertilizer for many years - on everything from vegetables to flowers
to trees. I can remember many times as an older child helping
my Mom apply Alaska Fish Fertilizer to our garden plants in the spring
and summer. Because we don’t use any chemical fertilizers on our
vegetables, Alaska Fish has given our gardens a wonderful boost
throughout the years.
Since its mid to late summer here in the Pacific Northwest and most gardeners are trying to achieve maximum fruit and vegetable production before seasons end, I wanted to share with you an honest, uncompensated assessment of Alaska Fish Fertilizer. In this post, we’ll discuss what Alaska Fish Fertilizer is and how to use it. But first, let's take a look at the pros and cons of this product.
One of our spaghetti squash - growing big! We always use Alaska Fish on our vegetables...
Pros of using Alaska Fish Fertilizer:
There are so many pros to using Alaska Fish Fertilizer, but I’ll name just a few:
It’s a harmless, non-toxic fertilizer that’s safe to use around pets and children.
It promotes faster and larger yields of flowers and vegetables. We have larger vegetables and more beautiful roses every time we apply Alaska Fish Fertilizer. The productivity of our plants has greatly increased using this product.
The nutrients in this fertilizer improve and maintain the overall health of your garden - both plants and soil.
Its an all-purpose fertilizer that can be used on any plant.
If used properly, Alaska Fish Fertilizer doesn’t burn plants.
Its very economical - priced between $12 and $14 dollars on average for one gallon of Alaska Fish Fertilizer. One gallon lasts for a long time, even if you have multiple gardens to treat. If you don’t need a whole gallon, a 1 quart bottle is also available.
The results speak for themselves.
My Mom's Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea loves Alaskan
Cons of using Alaska Fish Fertilizer:
There is really only one con I can think of when it comes to using any fish emulsion. It has a very distinctly displeasing odor...in other words, it...uh, stinks :) The label claims the fish emulsion has been deodorized with natural wintergreen. I always laugh at that statement because not only do you not smell any wintergreen - but I’d also hate to smell the non-deodorized version of fish emulsion! LOL! :) Having said that, I’ve never met an odor-free fish emulsion and the pros really do far outweigh this one con.
Because any fish emulsion will have a very strong odor, its important to keep that in mind when choosing which plants you will apply it to and how often it will be done. If you and your neighbors would prefer not to smell this fertilizer on a hot summer day, you probably will want to avoid applying it to houseplants, plants near windows or near your neighbors. If you apply Alaska Fish before a good rain is predicted or water after applying the fertilizer, not only will you get the nutrients into the soil faster, but you also won’t have to smell it for long.
One more note of advice when using Alaskan Fish Fertilizer.... Wear disposable nitrile gloves when handling this product - they will keep your hands from smelling like fish emulsion.
What is Alaska Fish Fertilizer?
As the name suggests, Alaska Fish Fertilizer is a natural, organically based liquid fish emulsion. It’s a 5-1-1 fertilizer, which means it contains 5% nitrogen, 1% phosphorus and 1% potassium from potash - essential nutrients for growing a good garden.
What does nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium do for plants?
Nitrogen aids in the production of chlorophyll (the substance that makes plants green) and also helps in creating food for plants through the process of photosynthesis. Nitrogen is important for growing healthy leaves, stems and leafy vegetables. Phosphorus is an important property that helps plants metabolize nutrients and transport them to the areas of the plant where the nutrients are most needed. Roots also need phosphorus to grow strong. Potassium also helps in the metabolism of nutrients and is critical to strong root growth. Another interesting note about potassium is that it helps plants to regulate the water pressure inside their cellular system. The amount of potassium provided to a plant directly affects how well it will fare during environmental stressors such as drought.
Different types of plants need different ratios of these three nutrients. An all-purpose fertilizer will have a balance of nutrients that's appropriate for most plants - vegetables, shrubs, trees and flowers alike. The regular Alaska Fish Fertilizer is an all-purpose mix.
Our first green bean harvest of the year was bigger than I expected!
How do I apply Alaska Fish Fertilizer?
On the back of the Alaskan Fish Fertilizer bottle, there is a chart that explains how much fish fertilizer to use based on the type of plant you’re feeding. Alaska Fish can be applied using a watering can, a bucket or a jug with a metering dial and a hose attachment. Alaska Fish Fertilizer is also available in a bottle with a hose attachment. Since Alaska Fish Fertilizer is a concentrate, you will always need to add water according to the directions on the bottle unless otherwise noted. Alaska Fish should never be applied without first diluting it properly with water.
On what plants can I use Alaska Fish Fertilizer?
Any plants will benefit from an application of Alaskan Fish Fertilizer. You can find more details on that in the pros and cons section.
How often should I apply Alaskan Fish Fertilizer?
We fertilize our plants on a weekly basis during the spring and summer. The decision on how often to fertilize should be based on the age and health of the plant. The age of the plant is important because young seedling plants are more sensitive than full grown adults. You may not need to fertilize your young baby plants as often, but some feeding will help them grow into strong, mature plants. You should also take into account any stress your plants may be undergoing - such as summertime heat or transplanting - which may lead to more nutrient loss than usual.
Where can I buy this fertilizer?
Alaska Fish Fertilizer is available at most nurseries, garden stores and home improvement stores in the garden center. You can also buy it online at Amazon.
Are there any other products by this company that you would recommend?
MorBloom is another fertilizer in the Alaska product line. MorBloom has a slightly different nutrient blend than the original Alaskan Fish Fertilizer. It’s a 0-10-10 fertilizer (0% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus and 10% potassium from potash) that also contains fish emulsion. Though I cannot definitely recommend MorBloom because I’ve never used it - it is advertised as a good fertilizer for encouraging the abundant budding and blooming of flowering plants - and resulting in more vibrantly colored flowers. It also is said to promote healthy root growth. MorBloom is a liquid concentrated fertilizer for use on all flowering plants.
We’ve had great success using the general all purpose Alaska Fish Fertilizer on our flowers, but if ever we felt we needed something more - I would definitely give MorBloom a try.
Alaska By, Pennington makes a pelleted Fish Fertilizer product - also called All-Purpose Fish Fertilizer - its labeled as natural based (it does not specifically say organic) and is a 6-4-6 fish and kelp fertilizer. These pellets can be used on all different types of plants. Alaska also has a pelleted 4-6-6 feed for Vegetables and Tomatoes which has added calcium, another essential plant nutrient. There's also a 8-5-0 pelleted fish fertilizer 'for colorful flowers and blooms' which contains slow release nitrogen. I've never used Alaska Fish Fertilizer in pelleted form so I cannot say whether or not it works as well as the liquid. Having said that, it does seem like the pelleted version may be a good solution for fertilizing plants in areas where the strong odor of the liquid would be unpleasant - such as for houseplants, flowerbeds under windows and near neighbors. It may also be less messy to apply than the liquid Alaska Fish Fertilizer.
For more information on what Alaska product is right for you, visit the Lilly Miller website in their Alaska section... just click here.
Our corn patch is even bigger since this picture was taken.
Can I make my own fish fertilizer?
Yes, you can. One year, we had some freezer burned fish to dispose of so we made our own fish fertilizer compost. We filled a large garbage can with about a 2 ft. of good soil, placed our fish pieces in the can on top of the dirt and layered with more good soil. We also added vegetable scraps to the mix and let it sit for about one year. The result was an amazingly rich, beautiful compost that we used on our flowerbeds.
If you decide to make your own fish compost/fertilizer, its important to make sure to store it in a container with a tight fitting lid. In areas where raccoons or bears may pose a problem, the decaying fish may attract such creatures. If that's a concern for you, its better to stick with fish fertilizer in bottled form.
The one gallon jug....
Alaskan Fish Fertilizer is a wonderful product I recommend to anyone whose
garden needs an extra boost to promote fruit, vegetable and
flower production. I hope that this review of Alaska Fish has been helpful
to you in choosing the best plant food for a healthy family and a healthy
Hope to see you next time as we spent more time In The Garden!
By, Jessi Wasell
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