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Nettle is one of the fertilizers used in organic horticulture. Above all, it stimulates the activity of soil organisms and is one of the most effective hunts ever. Many herbs and plants are suitable for planting, but depending on the plant the manure is then for different purposes. So there are disease-inhibiting, pest-reducing and, from stinging nettles, the growth-promoting manure.
Stinging nettle for healthy plant growth
The nettle has valuable ingredients such as potassium, lime, silica, iron, nitrogen, magnesium u. a., which are ideal for fertilizing other plants. These active ingredients dissolve in the oil from the stinging nettles and enrich the added water. This cast plants grow better and are more resistant to pests and diseases. In order to make it easier for young plants to switch over, it is also possible to make a root bath with the diluted manure.
The manure must always be applied in the early morning, in the evening or in overcast skies. It is diluted 1:10 with water and poured directly onto the soil around the plant without wetting the leaves. Before the soil must be chopped and slightly moistened, otherwise it burns to the roots or crusted soil running away the slurry. The amount and timing also depend on whether compost has been applied to the bed. If this is the case, 1-2 replenishments will suffice, depending on whether they are heavy-duty plants or those that require less fertilizer. For each plant you expect about a yogurt cup diluted manure. If no compost has been applied, the bed can be watered with stinging nettle before planting. Preferred young plants grow better if they are dipped in a root bath of nettle prior to insertion. For this, the slurry is diluted 1:20 with lukewarm water.
The production of stinging nettle
As a vessel for the production of manure, clay and plastic barrels or pails are suitable. Non-galvanized metal vessels are not suitable because the incipient rust formation has an adverse effect on the manure, as many years of experience have shown. The vessels should be in the sun during the fermentation process, so that it goes faster. To prepare the manure, you need:
- Barrel or bucket (clay, plastic)
- Water, if possible rainwater
- Rock or lava flour
- Grid or wood grate for barrel cover
- Stick to stir
Worth knowing about fertilization
Most organic nitrogen fertilizers are slow-flowing nitrogen sources because they need to be converted by microorganisms.
In phases of stormy plant growth, nutrient replenishment does not always come along. Fortunately, the gardener also has a solution for these cases: fast-acting liquid fertilizers from plants that are putrefaction. Cucumber, cabbage, leek, tomato and zucchini are especially grateful for such nutritious watering. Particularly nitrogen-rich is a liquid of nettles. The vegetables should not be poured directly, if possible, and vegetables that are eaten raw and can only be washed off poorly, such as head and pickle salad, should not be eaten at all.
Especially potassium rich Jauchen can be made from comfrey (Symphytum officinalis9 or from the closely related Comfrey (S.peregrinum).) Also worm fern (Dryopteris filixmas) contains a lot of potassium and nitrogen, but also poisonous ingredients.The handling therefore requires special care Comfrey, stinging nettle and, with some skill, also the worm fern can be settled in the garden, because the free nature should not be plundered for planting.