Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar, such as what you buy in the grocery store is 5% solutions are the proper vinegar product to use as a fertilizer.  It is best if you use the type that has the “mother” in the bottle as this is a rich source of micronutrients and trace elements. 

Mix the 5% organic apple cider vinegar at a rate of 1 ounce of vinegar per gallon of water. 

We suggest mixing it with several other organic products to create a foliar spray that has greater value as fertilizer than vinegar alone.  This product is available commercially and marketed as Garrett Juice, named after its inventor, Howard Garrett.  However, it is quite easy to mix your own Garrett juice

Garrett Juice Recipe

(from Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor, https://www.dirtdoctor.com/ )

To mix a ready to spray Garrett Juice mix the following in one gallon of water

1 cup compost tea or liquid humate

1-ounce molasses

1-ounce organic apple cider vinegar

1-ounce liquid seaweed

To increase the fertilizer value, even more, add 1 – 2 ounces of liquid fish (fish hydrosylate) per gallon of spray

Adding ¼ cup of garlic tea or ¼ cup of garlic pepper tea or 1 -2 ounces of orange oil will increase the disease and insect control value of the spray.

Take care with the orange oil.   Adding more than the prescribed 1 – 2 ounces may burn the foliage on some plants.

Be sure and strain your compost tea before mixing to prevent clogging the nozzle on your sprayer.

Links and Resources

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