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Spring Garden Soil Elixir

This recipe is based on a 20′ x 50′ garden or 1000 sq. ft. Make the adjustments for your garden size.
Author: Stephen Scott


  • 20-24 oz liquid fish fertilizer Home-made is best
  • 1/2 cup molasses Black strap has more nutrients
  • 16 oz bottle of cola – NOT DIET!
  • 24 oz beer 2 - 12 oz cans, any beer works
  • 1/2 cup Borax powder
  • 1 qt cranberry juice – make sure to get 100% cranberry juice, not a dilution


  • Mix well with a stirrer and thin with enough water to enable mixture to be sprayed with a tank type or hose-end sprayer.
  • Apply the mix evenly over lime or gypsum and compost base with sprayer. If needed, go back over with second application to use up all of the batch, just make sure to apply evenly.
  • Broad-fork or lightly rototill garden soil. If using a rototiller, don’t go more than 2 inches deep at the maximum. Most of the biological growth happens at the 2-3 inch mark and the soil is turned over an inch or so beyond what the tines reach. Tilling deeper only destroys microbial life in the soil, setting you back in your efforts to create and build biologically active soil.


It must be noted that the sprayer cannot have been used to spray any chemical treatments like herbicides, pesticides, etc. as this will put those chemicals onto your soil, killing the microbial life in the soil and feeding the chemicals to the plants, where you wind up eating them!