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Super effective home made fertiliser

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CHICKEN SOUP – A natural HOME-MADE fertiliser!! 

A great recipe for 'chicken soup' fertiliser was discovered recently by Palloma Pachiti when she visited Matobo Primary school in Southern Zimbabwe.

Matobo Primary is situated close to Matobo National Park -  a UNESCO world heritage site that is known for its range of balancing rock formations and caves which feature Stone Age Rock Art.  Palloma was there to spend time with The Matobo Primary Conservation Club.

 “Over 3 days I spent time exploring different activities and lessons from the PACE resources with various classes from pre-school up to their exam class. Using games and some of the activities in the PACE Action Sheets we explored different issues around the topics of Soil, Water, Forests and Energy as well as different solutions to the environmental challenges that came up.

The conservation club is thriving and are an enthusiastic bunch with over 50 members. The school has a very viable vegetable garden, with herbs, trees and many other plants. They produce vegetables on a large scale, growing enough to supply the neighbouring secondary boarding school.

I learnt something new and interesting during this visit, that the school use “chicken soup” as manure for their veggies.  It is made from soaking chicken manure in water for a few weeks. The result is a nutrient rich concentrate, ammonium nitrate liquid (chicken soup) which is then diluted before adding to plants.  See the recipe below.

Whilst the purpose of the visit was to work with conservation club at the school, it was interesting to note the observations made from the other teachers on how PACE complimented the curriculum across different disciplines.  The School head and the vice were all in agreement that they wanted to use PACE as reference materials in their classes from Grade 1 up to Grade 7. They especially appreciated that the material promoted ‘Competence-Based Learning’ through equipping learners with skills.”

 

CHICKEN SOUP RECIPE

Fill a 50 kg sack with chicken manure and tie it. Put the whole bag in a drum and fill the drum with water. Leave it there for 8 weeks, stir regularly and top up the water if the level drops.  The soup, the water, is what you use to make your fertiliser.  Put 2 litres of the soup in a 2 litre bucket or watering can and fill it up with water. This diluted liquid is your fertiliser.

Use one cup of the fertiliser per plant, put it on the soil around the plant, not directly on it. 

Be sure to dilute the soup otherwise it will burn and dry out the plants. 

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