ruth-gonzalezDear Ruth,

Is there an Organic Miracle Grow?

Jack From Black Mountain

Hi Jack,

I can tell you what I use as “Organic Miracle Grow”. I love the combination of hydrolyzed fish and seaweed (kelp). Neptune’s Harvest produces this combination pre-mixed in pints, quarts, gallons, and larger. The concoction is diluted with water and can be sprayed on the plant foliage with a mister, or you can use a watering can to pour the mixture over the foliage and drench the roots. Heads up! Unlike Miracle grow, this mix has a fishy odor that can linger for hours. I love the smell because it makes me think I just got a free trip to the beach, but some people find it distasteful. Pets may find it interesting too.Nature's Nog

I use this combo on my houseplants and my garden plants – especially on those that are newly planted. You can use plain hydrolyzed fish without the seaweed, but seaweed/kelp is bursting with micronutrients. It is a great tonic for all plants and I highly recommend it.

Brown's Fish Fert

Brew your own local concoction by mixing Brown’s Fish Hydrolysate with liquid Natures Nog (seaweed and more). Both are produced nearby in North and South Carolina and are available at local garden stores. If you want to learn more about the power of kelp, read Dr. T. L. Senn’s book, “Seaweed and Plant Growth” or learn about Nature’s Nog and talk to Dr. Senn (former Head Professor Emeritus, Department of Horticulture, Clemson University) in person at the 2016 OGS Spring Conference.

In lieu of “Miracle Grow”, vermicompost (worm castings) can be used to topdress houseplants or garden plants. The vermicompost – A.K.A. black gold – will not burn your plants, but the effect will not be nearly as speedy as the fish/seaweed mixture.

Good luck Jack!

All my best,


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Ruth Gonzalez

Ruth Gonzalez is a former market farmer, current gardener, and local food advocate. She has written numerous local food and gardening articles, blogs about local food, and writes the “Ask Ruth” Gardening Column for Organic Growers School. In her job at Reems Creek Nursery, Ruth offers advice on all sorts of gardening questions, and benefits daily from the shared wisdom of local gardeners. She has a special affection for clouds and finds delight in the natural world at every turn. Read more from Ruth at her blog: