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Tina Duffill

I believe the ratio of Monty Don's nettle fertiliser is 10 to 1, what can i use it on?. I was going to feed my squash and cougettes also runner beans. 

BobTheGardener

Nettle fertiliser is high in Nitrogen, so is good for leafy things, like brassicas, lettuce, sweetcorn etc.  Anything which fruits needs a bit more Potash - comfrey feed has a better nutrient balance for those.  You can of course use nettle feed on such veg, but dilute it more and add some potash (eg Sulphate of Potash at the recommended dilution) or you may get lots of leafy growth at the expense of fruit.

Diddydoit

Bob is exactly right in what he say's and as far as i know it keeps for quite a long time in fact i just keep add ing more water and nettles to mine to keep the culture feeding.

I have both nettles and comfrey growing. Is it ok to mix them together in the brew?

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Andrew Kenneth

Contrasting ratios... Monty quoted in a newspaper supplement that he writes for, (can't remember which one) that, the ratio is best at 50:1 and always better on the weak side...

Oh okay - thank you Andrew, glad I asked that or would have got completely wrong then!

HyppyByker

I have quite a lot of wood ash - how do I best use that?  It's so fine that it wold blow away sprinkling it straight on the soil or can I mix it with nettle juice and water it in?

fidgetbones

I mix woodash with home made compost and use it to mulch around the gooseberries and blackcurrants.

HyppyByker

I don't have either of those fruits - any good for Raspberries, blackberries or fruit trees?

BobTheGardener

HyppyByker, yes, wood ash contains potash so is good for any fruiting/flowering shrubs but in moderation, so best mixed with compost as fidget suggests.  PS, don't use ash from wood which has had any kind of treatment such as pressure-treated timber etc.

HyppyByker

Thanx Bob - it's all good clean stuff

What time of year is best? Can I add it to my compost much in Autumn or is it better in Spring?

HyppyByker

That's muLch of course....

BobTheGardener

The ash will get washed out by Winter rain so better used in the Spring.

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Alan4711
Hi Tina it all sounds the same as the RHS (Wood ash may contain useful levels of potassium (about three percent), a major plant nutrient associated with flowering and fruiting. However, the levels will vary depending on the age of the wood that was burnt; young wood such as from pruning will have higher potassium content than older, thicker branches.)
dont forget its a limeing agent good luck

could you use any of this liquid fertiliser which is left over at end of season by just spreading it over your veg patch

fidgetbones

Liquid fertiliser spread on veg patch now will just wash out with the winter rains.

 Save it in old 2Litre  pop bottles, which will cope with any fermentation which might take place. store in a cool place and use next spring. Excellent stuff to give spring cabbages a boost in March.

HyppyByker

I water it when I'm building a compost bin - helps to kickstart the process