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  1. Five star rating. I am raising some com fre y so I am going to try this. Thanksa cliff

    1. Hey Cliff, sounds great! Thanks for the rating it’s very much appreciated!! I’m going to publishing some more content soon on more liquid ferments we’ve been doing. Have a good one.

  2. Very great sharing, thank you. How regular should we use this FPJ? Will it be enough if we just use FPJ alone without organic or chemical fertilizer?

    1. Hey Andy, thanks. I’d say in addition to compost, but that’s a good question. I imagine water + the various organic liquids without compost being good enough in some circumstances, but I don’t know. I guess it depends on where you’re growing from. I hope someone who knows and sees this and comments! And in the meantime I’ll look into it too, cheers.

      1. 5 stars
        Great job I learned a lot. The only question I have is how often do I spray my plants with FPJ in general?

      2. Hi Chris, thanks! Sorry for such a late response. 2020 has got me sidetracked. Anyways, here’s a good piece of information from Hawaiian KNF teachers that answers your question: “Apply FPJ once per week in the late afternoon, ideally an hour before sunset. The solution can be watered onto plants or into the soil, or it can be applied as a foliar spray. The nutrient solution is applied once per week and is adjusted as the plant passes through its life-cycle stages and vegetative and reproductive phases.”

  3. I tried many time making mine for the past 9 months, and i always have one problem…the present of some kind of small worms inside my FPJ cases after 1 week. They always appear, no matter if i cover the cases with white papers, cloth, or just the case’s own cover (with super small holes for air). I use many types of fresh plants as experiments; from grasses, water spinach to banana stem and bamboo shoots but the worms appears anyway. The same goes for my Fermented fruit juices. What did i do wrong? Or is it a norm that the experts didn’t mention to not scare amateur like me…lol

    1. Hey FarmPunk! Good question. I hope someone with experience encountering the worms (maggots?) can reply after. If they’re maggots, maybe this can become a problem but if they’re small worm-like things that are not about to turn into flies, then I’d think this can be a good sign. Either I haven’t seen them or haven’t looked close enough to see them, but if everything else is oK, you’re not getting black mold and it looks proper and smells right, then I’d ignore and use. But if they start overgrowing and mess with the liquid then that’s not good either! Not for storing purposes. That’s not helpful, but I hope someone with the little worm issues can comment and I’ll go look closer.

  4. 5 stars
    Can I use aloe vera for FPJ? And do I pick it up early in the morning? That is what I have in abundance now.

    And can I use it on my seedlings so they grow fast?

    Can I use orange peels for FPJ? I have lot of oranges. They are not freshly picked, I already picked and they are in the fridge. As I keep eating them, can I store them and use for FPJ?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Venu, good question re: aloe vera. I will give this one a try and have to update. As far as the orange peels, no. I would think that the tips of the aloe would be OK, but better would be the early morning leaves of a weed you have growing, or any other plant. Give the aloe a try and let us know. I will attempt as well. Thanks for coming by.

  5. You mention that molasses is significantly less expensive than brown sugar but I’m finding just the opposite. Would you mind sharing your source for organic molasses?

    1. Hi Kat, thanks for coming by. Yeah for large bulk purchases, I’ve seen molasses be cheaper, but overall for what we get they are about the same. It varies by brand, but molasses in bulk I found to be cheaper than brown sugar. This 40lb jug of organic molasses https://amzn.to/3rmasTa is $80 whereas this 50lb bag of organic brown sugar https://amzn.to/3lWHTKP is the same price. So for these levels of purchasing they’re not very different in pricing.

      1. Have you considered looking into dried molasses at all? I personally just picked up 50lb of dried molasses for $17. One tablespoon of dried molasses can be reconstituted with 1 gallon of water, which would be 8 lbs. So the 40 lb just you mentioned would only be 8 tablespoons of dried molasses which is like, I don’t know, 20 grams maybe? So with a 50 lb bag you could make a little over 1100 gallons of molasses, all for $17. I’ll need to weigh it out to be sure.

        Ok I actually just checked and one tablespoon is roughly 20 grams. Damn fine guess, I feel like I needed to brag for a moment there! I suppose running both an MMJ farm and a grow supply business where I make all my own natural and organic fertilizers, growth promoters, pesticides and/or repellants, etc has taught me some things after all! Oh, and I did buy the dried molasses at a wholesale price, so I’m not sure how much it costs for normal amounts of it but I’m sure it’ll still be super cheap compared to everything else! I guess I should figure out what it goes for by the pound since I’m about to start selling it and all that… lol, oops

  6. 4 stars
    Hello, i have followed this recipe and im on day 7. At day 5 i added water to cover plant material level. Today (day 7) i peeped in there and have some white growth on top of the material but i dont see any liquid. Can i add more water and wait 7 more days? Or if i am having to add more and more water, is this ‘fpj’ no good ?

    1. Hi Kyle, I’d let it be and start another with the same materials and if the same thing happens add water to that second one again. But not more than just 1 more time (at day 7). I’ve not added water again, but you should try it and test it out. Continuation of adding more and more water would affect the fermentation negatively. After this test, try different plant material for a third batch and see how it works out. White growth is normal. We’ve been busy offline so just saw this comment. Cheers thanks for coming by.

  7. Hi! I am currently doing a fermentation using an ipil ipil and water spinach leaves, I wanted to ask if is normal to have white molds and the leaves become brown after 3 days? but the smell is good though.

  8. Have you ever heard of fermenting using organic chicken pellet feed? Do you recommend & if so do you have the directions for it.
    Thank you

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