Make a Nettle Feed

A good weekend job for those who are growing autumn/winter crops is to make a nettle feed. You can then use this feed to boost your crops over the next few weeks.

Using good garden gloves to avoid stings, cut lots of nettle plants and pop them in a container of water to soak. Aim for 1 part nettles to 10 parts water. Leave the mixture, covered or under cover, for 2-3 days until it turns a nice light tea colour (if it goes too dark just add more water as it’s a little over concentrated). It’ll smell bad but that’s a good sign that it’s ready! Pull the rotten leaves out and throw them onto the compost pile, then use the remaining liquid nettle tea to feed your veg plants over the coming months.