This recipe comes from the Korean Natural Farming (KNF) tradition where it is called Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ). It is used to encourage the leafy growth of young seedlings and plants. Like most KNF recipes this fertiliser is edible. Yes! Edible fertiliser!
Only edible plants (including weeds) can be used. Picking the youngest leaves at dawn ensures the maximum amount of nutrients and enzymes. Not washing or picking leaves after rain will keep the natural biome on the leaf surface which is critical in the fermentation process. The Raw Sugar extracts moisture from the leaves through the process of osmosis. It also provides food for the microorganisms, aiding the fermentation and drawing out nutrients (like chlorophyll) that would otherwise remain locked in the cell walls.
Ingredients: Young Edible Leaves & Raw Sugar in Equal Weight
Method: Pick Young Leaves at Dawn. Chop Leaves. Massage with Raw Sugar. Pack into Glass Jar to 2/3 or 3/4 mark. Place a stone on top for a few hours. Remove stone and cover with breathable lid such as a paper towel. Ferment for 7 Days (Longer if temperatures are lower). Strain Liquid. Compost Solids. Use immediately or add extra Raw Sugar and refrigerate.
Dilution: Teaspoon per 3-4 Litres Water. (Approximately 1:800 to 1:1000). Apply to foliage and soil.