I'm going to be honest. I have never made fertiliser before and have no idea what I'm doing. BUT! I'm going to try to make my own fertiliser because I realized I waste a lot of vegetation during food preparation (example: the leafy part of the radish). Also, I'm in college and I'm poor.
My experiment will be based on 2 theories:
1.) If you let something rot in a closed container the container will then have nutrients and microbial flora.
2.) If you let something rot in water, the liquid will still be nutritious and can then be poured into potted plant soil to make it richer (it might need to be diluted).
This is supposed to be a small-scale version of the instructable "Nettle Fertiliser" by tim_n.
I don't have a large yard so I don't need to produce it on a large scale.
Step 1: Step 1 - Find the Container
My roommate gave me a big apple juice container. I guess anything could work. You might want to keep the lid though.
Step 2: Step 2 - Adding Vegetation
I chopped up the celery hearts I wasn't using for Nana's Chicken or Turkey Soup (another instructable) and put them in first. Then I found some radishes in the fridge and cut the leafy part off the top of them. I chopped up the radish greens and a rotting tomato and put it all in the container. Then, I filled the container with about an inch or two of water.
Leave the lid on but don't screw it on tight. If you can jiggle it up and down then that's okay. A lot of bacteria produce gas when they metabolize so you'll want to let that gas escape.
I put the bottle on the roof where my boyfriend and pug won't find it. It should get lots of sun.
If anyone has any reason why this won't work please let me know. Also, leave a comment if you know how to make it better!