I’ve been blogging rather too much about my excessive consumption of nettles. Now the freezer is full of nettle soup, with extras to pop in stews, I still have an abundance popping up everywhere in the garden. Nature is bountiful with her nettles!
We stick to organic no dig principles and obviously I can’t pop out to the shops for some fertiliser so I’ll have to make it myself.
Nettle tea, not the delicately hued tender leaves I drink with lemon and honey to fend off the sniffles. The garden’s nettle tea is altogether different.
Fill a bucket with nettles - make sure it had a very tight fitting lid - top it up with water, snap the lid on tightly with a brick on top to avoid accidental spills and leave for a couple of weeks.
Your hard work will be rewarded by a black thick liquor which can be diluted 1:10 with water in your watering can and used to feed your potager for bumper crops.
This also works well with comfrey leaves.
A word of warning, the reason I advised a tight fitting lid? It stinks! A cross between necrotic flesh and the stewed contents of an overflowing fosse septique. But it’s free, organic and plentiful so I still use it to feed my veggies, while wearing a face mask!