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25/06/2012 at 16:06

Learn how to turn clumps of stinging nettles to your advantage, by turning them into nitrogen-rich, liquid plant food

Does this mean i dont have to buy fertilser or anything else

I already use lots of manure on my plants and the soil


25/06/2012 at 18:05

I think it's horses for courses, Pash.  I make nettle manure and use it where I think plants look weak and on the veggie plot for things like toms, peppers, haricot vert, borlotti beans and squash.  I don't put it on root veg as I know they don't like freshly manured ground so just assume they prefer to be underfed, rather than overfed.  But I could be wrong.

I buy specialist feed for the pelargoniums in my window boxes and pots.

For anyone interested to make their nettle feed, just pick a whole big bunch of nettles, chop them up a bit and put them in a large bucket of water for about 2 weeks or until it's all smelly and dark.  Then you can either use it straight from the bucket or decante it into plastic bottles.  I have some old 5 litre plastic wine barrels (sorry to say) which I keep by the water butt and fill a normal size watering can with about a 1 part nettle to 10 part water mix.  I am careful not to let the mixture touch the leaves of the plants.  My old neighbour told me that. There was a nettle thread recently here.

Be warned - it is a smelly mixture but I'm sure it keeps a lot of pests at bay.

I do a rhubarb leaf mix the same and use it to spray on plants with black/green fly.  Again a smelly business.

25/06/2012 at 19:04

Thanks for that


26/06/2012 at 18:18

I have clumps of stinging nettles behind my greenhouse, which I regularly cut down but do not remove.    I put them into the compost bins, as they are great organic compost accelerators.

26/06/2012 at 18:22

Had to get mine from the park where i walk the dog didnt have get some funny looks

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