The Cottage Smallholder


stumbling self sufficiency in a small space

Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Nettle Plant food
Sun 22-Apr-12
11:29 pm
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Has anyone attempted making plant feed from nettles, someone gave me the 'recipe' the other day and I've spent a happy couple of hours this weekend picking all those nast nettles and drowning them.

Basically that's all there is to it, stuff them in a bucket, crushed up a bit, fill with water, weight down, cover, and leave for 2 weeks, use the resulting soup watered down at a 10:1 ratio. Chuck the manky nettle mush onto the compost heap.

 

Just realised I might be duplicating discussion here, had a faint memory of discussing this before so did a search and found conversations on another thread. - sorry

Mon 23-Apr-12
8:04 am
Avatar
Aly
Normandy France

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 9421
Member Since:
Sun 2-Oct-11
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

My nettles are growing fast too. I like to leave some for the butterflies but will do the plant feed now I know. Can this be used for any plants?

Trying to enjoy life as it is

http://www.letertregites.com

Mon 23-Apr-12
10:26 am
Avatar
Hattie
Bucks/Oxon Border

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 6920
Member Since:
Mon 21-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Yes I do it as I have masses of nettles. One word of warning tho' as the nettles & water brew up in their tub the smell becomes EVIL¦¦monster monster monster¦keep the container covered, otherwise your neighbours are likely to complain about it¦.!!

You must add lots of water to the liquid when you feed it to your plants¦.do not use on indoor plants, even when diluted, as you will still smell it. It makes a good foliar feed & seems to deter greenfly etc. Add a tiny drop of washing-up liquid to help it stay on the leaves.

Good luck Janet. wave

 

Aly, I have used it on everything that needed boosting in the garden & have never found it harmed a plant. 

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Mon 23-Apr-12
1:50 pm
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I read somewhere that it's very good for greening stuff up and for anything that needs lots of leaf growth, like lettuce and cabbages etc, but internet seems to imply it's good for anything.

Got mine in an old dustbin - with a lid!

Sun 29-Apr-12
10:43 am
Avatar
mutley
Didcot/uk

Expert
Members
Forum Posts: 890
Member Since:
Sat 10-Oct-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

MMM love nettels medicine beer lol dont forget elderberry leaves make a good poison for blite too.

Sun 29-Apr-12
9:08 pm
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

and supposedly, Rhubarb leaves are a good insecticide, don't have enough rhubarb to try it, but the nettle stew is starting to stink nicely.

Fri 18-Jan-13
10:36 am
Avatar
Hattie
Bucks/Oxon Border

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 6920
Member Since:
Mon 21-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I eat a lot of nettles, especially in the Spring. Thick nettle & potato soup, made with chicken stock is wonderful, nettle & chive Scotch pancakes, & I also make a nettle infusion to drink cold. Only use the youngest top leaves for all of these.

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Sun 20-Jan-13
7:37 am
Avatar
maggenpie
Cornwall, UK

Expert
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 902
Member Since:
Sat 21-Aug-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I like nettle and potato soup, and I sometimes drink nettle tea. It's a good spring tonic, it's said. I don't have any in the garden so I nip the tops of wild ones when I'm out walking.

Not having any in the garden I've not made the plant food, but I do the same thing with comfrey. I have another bin where I put all my perennial weeds and rot those down into a witches brew too. It makes me feel less resentful of things like bindweed when I see it as potential plant food. smile

I've been relying on the witches brew and the feed from the wormery and everything seems to do alright on it. I haven't bought any fertilizer for years. Everything possible gets composted and used on the veg beds so I'm hoping they aren't short of anything.

Never assume anything - except an occasional air of intelligence.

Sun 20-Jan-13
12:31 pm
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Plan on making some again this year and if it looks good, might have a go at selling it on my stall. Not sure if I mentioned but last yer I had it going very nicely in an old plastic dustbin, and then someone tipped it out to use the bin for an extra water trough for the horses. I was fuming!

Sun 20-Jan-13
2:41 pm
Avatar
Toffeeapple
North Bucks

Members

Moderators
Forum Posts: 16220
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I remember that - and you fuming!  big_laugh  Men, eh?

I'll try that again!

Sun 20-Jan-13
8:20 pm
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I'd be happy to join in and blame men, but this time it was one of the women who has her horse stabled with us....and I'd told her what I was doing when I put the nettles on to stew.

Mon 21-Jan-13
1:57 pm
Avatar
Toffeeapple
North Bucks

Members

Moderators
Forum Posts: 16220
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Ah, I got that one wrong.  Perhaps she has a short attention span.

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Jan-13
12:35 am
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Nothing new there then...I'm going to stick a label on it this year.

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 509

Currently Online:
23 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

brightspark: 10485

danast: 10232

Aly: 9421

Sooliz: 7981

Hattie: 6920

Ambersparkle: 6665

JoannaS: 4800

Terrier: 4518

eileen54: 4396

Xahha: 4231

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 9

Members: 15387

Moderators: 2

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 6

Forums: 25

Topics: 2246

Posts: 122520

Newest Members:

GaponovaIcots, JulianceW, ZupativKr, Toransp, IgorIcots, Homerlog

Moderators: Toffeeapple: 16220, AdminTA: 10

Administrators: fn: 321, Danny: 5516


Copyright © 2006-2012 Cottage Smallholder      Our Privacy Policy      Advertise on Cottage Smallholder