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Making Nettle Fertiliser/Fertilizer!

Regardless whether you’re in the UK or the US you may be paying too much for your liquid fertiliser.

Making your own is so easy you’ll wonder why you never did it before!

All you need is a watertight container (such as a bucket) and err, some nettles and water.  Stick nettles in water in bucket and leave to brew.  Tada! Horendously smelly fertiliser!

More indepth details here: http://www.nettles.org.uk/nettles/activities/nettlemanure.asp though whether the additional steps make the blindest bit of difference in the long term I wouldn’t like to say.  What I do does the same job, it may just take a little longer.

My newly made fertiliser container is made from a discarded council green waste bin.  I drilled a 25mm hole in it, stuck in a water butt tap and filled with nettles and water.  The good part is that the bin has a close fitting flip lid.  This stuff stinks, but at least now I don’t need worry about offending the neighbours.

There’s some talk about even using horsetail and how to make a nettle brew smell nicer http://www.seasonalgardener.com/Tips/Liquidplantfertilizer/tabid/3190/Default.html

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Overwintering in general

My last post was about overwintering lettuce and onions – now I’m trying garlic too. My garlic is always overwhelmingly unimpressive. I planted elephant garlic this year and what I planted I pretty much got back, except that it had infact gone from one clove to one-clove-split-into-eight-but-the-same-size. Which I don’t count as sucess.

So I’m thinking I’m not planting early enough, so I’m planting some store bought garlic now. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to give up. Three years and no bleeding garlic, it’s just plain wrong. It’s supposed to be easy!

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