It’s a little bit intimidating to go to a home store and obtain a bag of foul fertilizer just to maintain your own garden at home. Is it natural? Plants existing in the wild do not require fertilizer to live healthy and survive for a long period of time. On the other hand, using chemical fertilizers may not be advisable for your fruit or vegetable garden. What’s the point of growing a healthy plant if you would still be using those chemical fertilizers?
No need to worry, nettle tea is now here to help you with your gardening needs! The nettle tea can make your leafy plants healthier because of the good amount of iron and nitrogen that it provides (Keep in mind that its iron contents might be too much and not advisable for your tomatoes or roses). 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. Nettle tea also becomes more powerful when mixed up with manure because it facilitates better fermentation thereby delivering more nutrients with your plants.
Nettle tea is usually less concentrated when used as a fertilizer rather than for personal consumption. Preparing it is very simple; wear your gloves, grab your nettle leaves and put them in a container with water and leave it for 10-15 days (no need for exact measurements). 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?); 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!). So while making your fertilizer, keep it away from your garden, otherwise no one will be able to appreciate it for the smell! When making nettle tea fertilizer, it’s always important to use gloves when handling them. For nettle tea’s intended for personal consumption, there’s a boiling process utilized to deactivate its stingers. In contrast, the stingers are not deactivated (this may hurt you so be careful!) as this fertilizer is not boiled.