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Great for my garden as i have a massive nettle bush at the back of my garden that keeps getting overgrown!
I have just started to get into gardening and find these tips excellent. I also have a lot of nettles to get shut of.
Thank you very much. Look forward to making it tomorrow.
Love the idea of putting weeds to good use! As nettle feed if full of nitrogen, will it encourage leaf growth at the expense of flowers? Can I use it to feed my parched and hungry lawn?
I'm sure you are aware but no mention of the rat tailed maggots after first seeing them. I thought you might like to say that they are actually the larva of the drone fly, commonly known as Hover Fly which are very good pollinators which we all really need to encourage.
Great article.


I have been using nettle feed for the last few weeks since seeing it on Gardeners World last year.
Two days after feeding brassicas I can see a difference in the plants. It has also made the tomatoes look really look good this although I have also been feeding them with Tomorite on a weekly basis
i've been using this for years now and it is great but don't get any on you because it takes an age to get the smell out,brassica's and beets love this.

it works without smelling if you fill a lidded container with nettle or comfrey and don't add water

Does the nettle feed have a shelf life?

Hi Dodgee, iv bottled it up and used it 12 /18 months later ,but i make it the dry way and get the juice without water in it so its much more powerful and needs diluting much more and its easier to save, and dont smell so much in the making.and dont need so much shelf space. good luck

Hi, will it work if you put it in a large container/vessel, with water & cover it either with a lid or tarpaulin etc? Obviously still get a smell when taking lid off to use the mixture. Cheers

Cathkev not sure if you mean making it or storing it ,on the allotment i made it in a 40 gallon drum almost full of water ,the comfry and nettles  were kept in a pillow protector put into the drum and weighted down with a brick then  when it was ready 4/5 weeks i could just pull it out and empty it ,wash it and use again, , then bottled it leaving a space in the bottles to expand.easy

Love it...nothing goes to waste.

I made two large bins of nettle feed early this year and find it to be a cheap feed which I will be making again this year recommend it to any one to try. john.


Hi John,iv just move house and luckily we have Comfry patches (controlled ) iv no nettles now but the Comfry is a little bit better for the fruit and flowers side of food due to a little more potash in it,  when i used nettle feed only I needed to reduce the Nitrogen a bit so as not to get to much leafy growth but couldn't so I  bought some soluble potash and added in late April to encourage more fruit or flowers it worked and the potash was cheap and  one box will last for ages,Good luck John


Comfrey               N 1.8        Nettles         N 1.7            Seaweed N 0.1

                            P 0.5                           P 0.6                          P 0.1

                            K 5.3                           K 4.5                          k 1.0


thank you Alan 4711 for your reply I do not have any comfrey and to old to go to the beach to collect seaweed at 80 next march so I will have to make do with nettles john.


Hi, this year when we first arrived at our new place , i had nothing for food so i just did an overall weed feed ,it  stank just as much as Nettle and the plants did really well ,dont know what kind of NPK it had but the plants just loved it. 

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