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Your Plants Will Love Nettle Tea Fertilizer

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By now, you have probably heard me carrying on about the amazing benefits of nettle tea.  When consumed regularly, it can help regulate hormones, blood sugar levels, encourage hair growth and alleviate skin, joint and respiratory ailments.  But this powerhouse tea does not stop with your body!

Nettle tea is also an effective and safe gardening tool when used as an alternative to the chemically heavy fertilizers available in the market today.  When growing a garden at home, it is a bit disheartening to have to trudge out to the home store, purchase a bag of foul smelling fertilizer, come home, distribute it amongst your plants and blooms and then have your kids and pets avoid that area for a few days.  What is natural about that?

Especially when the “wild” does not need a gardener going out to fertilize it every ninety days and it has been doing fine for thousands of years!

This chemical fertilizer philosophy is brought even more into question when you have a home vegetable or fruit garden.  Why are you going through all of that effort to supposedly grow healthier, less processed food when you continuously dump artificial fertilizers and hormones on to it? As usual, it is nettle tea to the rescue!

The high nitrogen and iron contents found in nettle tea give a much needed nutritional boost to leafy plants (although advocates recommend avoiding the use of nettle tea on roses and tomatoes, as the iron content of the nettle tea may be too much for these plants to handle).  Additionally, nettle tea seems to give plants immunity to plant disease and insects when either added to the soil or sprayed directly on the plants.   When combined with manure, nettle teas can also assist in the fermentation of other components to deliver nutrients to your plants that much faster.

When using nettle tea as a fertilizer in your garden, use a much more diluted recipe than when making nettle tea for consumption.  There really is no need for exact measurements; simply grab a few handfuls of nettle leaves (wearing gloves, of course!), put them in a bucket, fill that bucket with water and let the mixture sit for ten to fifteen days.  The nettle leaves will infuse with the water, creating your natural fertilizer.

Keep in mind that this concoction will start to smell…horribly (doesn’t all fertilizer?) so make sure you keep it somewhere while it is fermenting where it will not become obnoxious to you or your neighbors (unless you do not like them!).  You do not want to have a beautiful garden that no one can enjoy because they are trampling over each other in an attempt to run away from the horrendous stench.

Another important note when making nettle tea fertilizer is to continue using gloves when handling it.  When nettle tea is made for human consumption, the boiling of the leaves deactivates the stingers. As this fertilizer is not boiled, the stingers are still present (and painful!).

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  1. Hannah Taylor says:

    I help run a gardening club for children, we will be making nettle tea with them, but please can you let me know about other organic fertilizers we can make with the children, they are aged between 4 and 7. Thankyou for your help,
    Best wishes
    Hannah

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