Although you probably already "feed" your garden with
applications of organic fertilizers, dry weather and heavy
demands for minerals can still retard plant production
about halfway to the harvest. In addition, a catalyst may
sometimes be needed before your vegetables and flowers can
even "get at'' much of the food that's already locked into
"Kickabrew" is a homemade mixture that can take care of
these problems. And—like the original "kickapoo"
concoction of the comic strip—this growth stimulator
can give your garden a powerful boost!
Since much of our soil has lost its nutrients to the
oceans, it's only logical that we turn to the sea to
reclaim some of those same elements. That's what kickabrew
does: The formula—which can be made in any amount
desired—is 1 part fish emulsion, 2 parts kelp
(dehydrated, powdered seaweed ), 10 parts dried cow manure,
and 50 parts water. (If you use wet manure, increase this
quantity by one-third.)
To mix this preparation, use a container with some kind of
cover (to keep out flies and prevent the escape of annoying
odors). Then, let the brew stand for a day or so, stirring
it occasionally to blend the ingredients.
Corn, tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers, and most of
your flowers and shrubs will respond favorably to a
pint of the powerful potion. Just pour half of the measure
over the leaves (where the plant will take in some of the
food immediately) and pour the other half at the base. (Be
sure the application is followed by a heavy watering or
summer shower to transport these natural nutrients to the
However, don't rush out and dose your garden too soon. Such
a potent stimulant should only be given to
well-established plants that have had time to form
substantial root systems.
Vegetables and flowers can be treated twice during their
growing seasons, but even one drink will make a
big difference in your food and floral yields. Established
shrubs and trees should be given three doses during the late
spring and early summer, so their new growth will mature
well ahead of the first autumn freezes.
For acid-loving plants—such as blueberries or
strawberries, sweet azalea, spice bush, and hydrangea—simply add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to each pint
of brew. Then, sit back and watch these bushes take on
a glossy new look!
But remember, kickabrew application is a somewhat
smelly job, so put on your old clothes and shoes before you
start. (Isn't It strange how the most malodorous mixtures
seem to turn out the tastiest, biggest vegetables and
So, whip up a batch of homemade stimulator and give your
garden a little "libation." Believe me, you'll get ample
thanks come harvest time!