Soil and Compost forum: Fish emulsion controversy?

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jun 29, 2016 7:53 AM CST
I heard an off-hand comment on a gardening podcast the other day about the content of an long-established fish emulsion product. Maybe referencing chlorine content? Has anyone else heard or read of such a thing?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 29, 2016 6:52 PM CST
I've heard nothing about it, but I just have never used fish emulsion.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Jun 29, 2016 9:49 PM CST
I heard that too on you bet your garden.
I bet if you send him a email he would be happy to explain. I listen to him every week.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 30, 2016 7:24 AM CST
Heath - we must have been listening to the same podcast. I had also heard it a while back on a Howard Garret podcast but I think the details (at the time) just whizzed right through and out my brain. I tried googling yesterday but couldn't come up with anything but maybe my query wasn't properly worded. Might have to email Mike and see if I get a response.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 30, 2016 8:03 AM CST
I did check out the Dirt Doctor archives and found this - https://www.dirtdoctor.com/garden/Fish-Hydrolysate_vq1724.ht...
I wonder if this is what the controversy is about.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Jun 30, 2016 6:36 PM CST
That that could be what it's over but would that raise the chlorine level in it
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 1, 2016 7:11 AM CST
It might have been my faulty memory on the chlorine. I was trying to remember what was mentioned on either podcast but I guess the specific memory was elusive.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 1, 2016 9:02 AM CST
If you Google using the keywords fish emulsion chlorine, or fish fertilizer chlorine, there are several results. I didn't see anything concrete or scientifically researched though. Something to bear in mind also is that chlorine is actually an essential plant nutrient, not that you'd want to try and apply it. You may find this article interesting:

http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/Management/pdfs/a3556.pdf
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 1, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Sooby - thanks for posting that link. I've tried to avoid watering certain plants with our city water, which of course contains some form of chlorine, trying to use rain water as much as possible. That being said, I live in the midwest rust belt so who knows what's in our rain water.
Name: Connie White
Athens tn.
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TnWildflower
Aug 31, 2016 5:55 PM CST
I have 600 ft. Deep well here so i have no chlorine. Its tested fine. Ive used my aquarium water for the goldfish for years it tends to make better flowers on your plants i use it when things start to bloom about every few weeks.
Respect mother Earth and connect with her .. She will return the favor.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Sep 1, 2016 6:31 AM CST
Tn - Nice to have a deep well. Our main water source here is Lake Michigan - treated of course. Good thinking on using the aquarium water for plants.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Sep 1, 2016 8:22 AM CST
@TnWildflower, Welcome!
I did not see the new member banner by your name, but it looks like you just joined.
Name: Connie White
Athens tn.
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TnWildflower
Sep 1, 2016 1:22 PM CST
I did just join its pretty informative here seems everyone nice and helpfull. Hello back to you. .. Thumbs up
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Sep 1, 2016 2:02 PM CST
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