Homemade fertiliser

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grumpyoldgit
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Homemade fertiliser

Post: # 292906Post grumpyoldgit
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:30 pm

A bloke that I know makes his own fertiliser from nettles and I'm wondering if any ishers do the same and is it any good. I made a small amount yesterday but I don't know whether I should have removed the seeds before I put them to soak for three weeks. Can anyone help ?
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Re: Homemade fertiliser

Post: # 292907Post Green Aura
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:11 am

I don't think the seeds will do any harm, because you need to strain it, before you use it and then diliute it in the watering can - it's quite strong stuuf so you don't want to be applying it neat.

The other thing you can do, next time maybe, is add some comfrey to the nettles, when soaking. That mix gives pretty much everything you need for a plant food. The easiest way to do it is to put the plants in a mesh bag, old pillowcase etc (something that let the water in!) and leave it in a tub of rainwater for several weeks. That way you can give it a good squeeze, in the bag then dump the contents on your compost easily. BTW the stuff stinks, so it might be handy to have a few old pop bottles or something with lids. :lol:

If you've only got a small garden you might need to find someone who grows comfrey, rather than growing your own - they're probably desperate to get rid of some as it's rampant when it gets going!
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Re: Homemade fertiliser

Post: # 292908Post grumpyoldgit
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:35 am

Thanks for that Green Aura. The chap that I refered to I think grows Comfrey so I think that a word in his ear is called for !
Michael

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