Make a stinging nettle fertilizer and increase your cucumber harvest


Do you see stinging nettle as weed and would like to eliminate it from your garden? Well, you may want to slow down and hold that thought. Why do you not turn “weeds” into something good, namely into a fertilizer. It is not difficult, and if you do not mind a particular smell of this fertilizer, you will get a whole range of benefits out of it.

It does not matter if you have a common stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) or its cousin (Urtica urens). Both have the same medicinal effects and they also contain a significant amount of minerals, namely iron, calcium and potassium.Thanks to these minerals your cucumbers will get the nutrients they need and flourish.

Making fertilizer from stinging nettles

Nettles collected before flowering are most effective. Well, you are kind of late now, but go ahead and cut nettles anyway. They will regrow soon. Fertilizer from “late” blooming nettles is great too. So, get to work.


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Take a bucket and fill it halfway with freshly cut nettles. Pour boiling or very warm water in. Nettles will float so, weigh them down with a uitable rock or something similar. Now you just wait.

Ten days and it is done

At first glance, it may seem that nothing is happening in the bucket, but do not be fooled. The opposite is true. Fermentation processes start to take place very quickly. In just a few days, the bucket starts releasing the typical smell, and it will get stronger so, you had better make a nettle fertilizer farther from “sensitive” noses.

As soon as you notice a white foam on the surface your fertilizer is ready. This takes about 10 days. Drain the fertilizer, dilute it with water in 1:1 ratio and apply to cucumbers. Water cucumbers as usual, every 14 days.You will see how quickly they will grow.

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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