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Making liquid fertiliser from weeds and plants in your organic garden

This movie from Peter Kearney of tells you all you need to know on how to turn your weeds and specific plants in your food garden in...

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Comment by Lissa on June 17, 2012 at 7:06

Liquid fertiliser, or weed tea, is the most wonderful thing that I have been introduced to in gardening. I'm never without it now.

I make mine in a large tub with a variety of goodies added including organic xtra, molasses, seaweed extract, minerals, torn comfrey (breaks down very quickly) and a handful of existing healthy soil from my beds. As I weed around the yard I toss the results into the mix.

I must try the daily stirring that you recommend Peter. I have been giving it a weekly burst of high pressure hose to aerate it which also works quite well. I don't bother with filtering, I just use it by the jug straight out of the tub. When I've used all the fluid I also refill the tub with water using the exisiting "mass" of goodie left and get a few uses out of it all. About once a month I toss the "mass" and some of the fluid around one of my fruit trees and start over again.

Great for keeping seedlings healthy and I use it on newly planted plants as well to give them a boost and help along.

Comment by Peter Kearney on June 5, 2012 at 20:24

Yes I agree, simplicity is always best

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 5, 2012 at 20:21

That's a much simpler system than the complexities of finding a spot out of the rain for a solar-powered aquarium bubbler!

Comment by Peter Kearney on June 5, 2012 at 16:20

Yes, its easy to forget that one Elaine. I also think adding the BD compost preps helps as well, but I have made weed teas many times without the BD preps as well. Good luck with your stirring, it only needs one very brief stir each day. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 5, 2012 at 16:01
I'm interested that the liquid stops smelling after 2 weeks. Mine never did but I reckon the clue to that would be the daily stirring; I never did that! Going to try it again.

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