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Cathie Rowand / The Journal Gazette
Fish fertilizer helped water logged tomato plants recover and do well.

Smells horrible but performs miracles

Fish fertilizer is the foulest smelling fertilizer that you can use in your garden. It also performs miracles on plants that are close to death and need help.

I used it on my water logged tomato plants this spring and everyone I gave a plant to reported that the tomato plants ended up doing well and are producing lots of tomatoes.

I also used fish fertilizer on some espalier pear trees that I planted last spring. They are looking healthy despite the hot summer and their humble beginning. I bought them at Big Lots for $15 each.

Sounds great ? Yes, but the smell of fish fertilizer can make you pass out. Think pig farms and you start to understand what I am talking about. Not the same, but fish fertilizer can be just as bad.

I was very careful not to get it on my clothing or touch it with my hands and I would still end up smelling like dead fish when I was finished fertilizing my plants.

My dogs were overly fascinated by it. My beagle got a hold of it, unscrewed the lid somehow, and tried to eat it. I am really glad she didn't think to roll in the stuff.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)