I usually toss weeds and other plant materials into the compost bin which will create wonderful mulch for next year's garden. But what about this year's plants ... is there a way I could use those nutrient rich "greens" to help them? Sure ... make a liquid fertilizer ... a sort of "tea". And it couldn't be easier!
- Collect a bunch of weeds, leaves, herbs, grass clippings, etc. Each type of plant offers something different. For example, grass clippings provide nitrogen ... deep rooted comfrey donates a large amount of potash as well as magnesium, iron and calcium. So collect a variety of plant materials to ensure a well-balanced fertilizer.
- Find a container with a lid. This can be as large as you like, depending on the amount of fertilizer you'll need. Be sure to use a lid because as the "tea" matures, it will get smelly.
- Fill the container with the plant matter.
- Add water.
- Put the lid on and set the container in a warm spot.
- Shake the container every 3-4 days. If you're using a large container, give it a stir every few days.
- After about a month, the "tea" is ready to use.
- Strain out the solids and dilute (one part "tea" to two parts water).
- Feed your plants.
Doesn't that sound easy? Who knew that weeds could be such a good thing!
As always, I would love to hear from you!