Make nettle plant food and use it in your activities

nettles

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Tidy Towns committees and volunteers carry out great work tidying up green areas and removing weeds, bushes and nettles.

But believe it or not, those very nettles can be useful later.  And if you retain them you can make nettle liquid fertiliser for feeding plants.

The nettles are cut and placed in a bucket with water for several weeks. As they break down in the water they release nutrients. The resulting liquid can be diluted
and used as a liquid feed. Both these plants are rich in nutrients, particularly nitrogen.

This type of fertiliser is very fast acting as the nutrients are dissolved and easily available to the plants.

The Greener Gardening Guide, which will be available shortly, will explain how you can do this in more detail.