4 ways to… Brew your own fertiliser

Brew your own fertiliser

4 ways to… Brew your own fertiliser

Nettle Tonic It may be the scourge of your plot, but these stingers make a fabulous nitrogen-rich fertiliser for established brassicas and leafy greens.
Pick young leaves and crush inside a container, covering with water. Leave to brew for 3 weeks, then dilute at a rate of 1 part nettle to 10 parts water.
Compost Tea This black liquid gold is a homegrown Miracle Gro and can
be used as a foliage and root feed for fruiting vegetables every 2 weeks.
Add 2 spades of well-rotted compost (the stuff at the bottom of your
heap) to a large bucket, and fill with rainwater. Seal and stir regularly over 3 weeks, before straining off.
Seaweed Solution Stock up on fresh seaweed at the beach, rinsing off the salt and sand. Put in a bucket, fill with water, then cover with a lid.
Stir now and again over 3 weeks, then strain and dilute (1:10 as above).
Comfrey Concoction The hairy leaves of comfrey make a potassiumrich fertiliser that's a perfect 'pick-me—up' for plants. Harvest from the base of the plant and pop into a container, weighing down with a stone. Cover with 10 litres of water and seal (it will smell, but the pong means it's working). As the leaves break down they'll release a brown liquid, which you collect. Add fresh leaves on top as the pile decomposes, and dilute your liquid (1:10 as above) before using.

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