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Eastling

  • Joined Oct 2010
Nettles as fertiliser
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:04:46 am »
Hi i have read somewhere that you can use nettles as a feed for tomatoes, does anyone do this.
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northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
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Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 03:57:54 pm »
yup, like comfrey feed. Steep cut up nettles in large container with water, lid on until it smells bad - ready! :&>

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 05:53:11 pm »
Can you just leave the nettles in a watering can? or does there have to be a lid on it?
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Eastling

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 05:59:24 pm »
Thanks i will give it a try. Can you use it on everything? i'm in the process of maturing some pig poo for next year! ;D
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Sylvia

  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 08:41:21 pm »
If you can get some sheep droppings, comfrey and nettles, put all in a carrot bag or similar and suspend in a barrel of water, giving a good shake or a stir now and again. After about two weeks this can be used as a plant feed. Dilute until the colour of weak tea and use as a foliar feed.

happy larry

  • Joined Apr 2011
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011, 09:35:29 pm »
Just a word of caution regarding containers used for liquid feed or water, keep it out of populated areas they real are magnets for atracting mosquitos.I had black plastic dustbin filled with liquid chicken food that i used to keep in my poly tunnel,every time i went in the tunnel i got covered in mossie bites but i hadnt linked the bin and the mossies.

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
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Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2011, 10:13:19 pm »
hence the lid! and because of the smell of course  ;D :&>

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2011, 04:48:10 pm »
Ah yes - good points
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poppajohn

  • Joined Apr 2011
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  • Grass cutting, what old fellers do!
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2011, 06:31:10 pm »
Its a brilliant fertiliser, previous advice is right. a sealed bin with a bottom tap. Chuck them in with water and after a few weeks start to use it. It stinks but is as good as any other liquid fertiliser. Keep a rotation going if you have space. Try it on onions as well, you are in for a surprise!

Eastling

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011, 11:57:51 am »
Thank you for all the replies got some brewing as we speak!!
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Skirza

  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2011, 12:41:49 pm »
Me too  :D

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2011, 01:45:14 pm »
Gonna get started on the project today.

 :D :D :D
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suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2011, 07:11:04 am »
Got a baby water butt and filled an onion sack with nettles and sheep poo.

I was amazed when I filed it with water the stuck the bag in how many little beetles came out and flew away.

I can see I'm going to have to get another butt so that I've got one brewing and one in use.
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Eastling

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2011, 02:08:06 pm »
Would it work with pig poo instead of sheep poo?
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poppajohn

  • Joined Apr 2011
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  • Grass cutting, what old fellers do!
Re: Nettles as fertiliser
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2011, 03:47:49 pm »
Yes but watch the strength it could burn foilage as porker poo is more concentrated. Might be a case of diluting it a bit. The nettles only are fine though, its about as good a fertiliser as you can make.

 

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