|Nettle fertiliser brewing|
Making nutrient-rich 'tea' for your plants is simple: Stuff a water barrel full of comfrey leaves, nettles or seaweed, fill with water and leave to infuse for a month or so. You'll be able to smell when it's ready - it's very fertilisery! This fertiliser is very concentrated - to use it, dilute it 1:10 with water. One full barrel lasts a long time.
|Comfrey tea on tap|
|Time to harvest the comfrey|
Another indispensable fertiliser for the garden is well-rotted manure. Try to find a free source from a local farmer or stables. If it's fresh you'll need to let it mature as fresh manure can actually take nutrients from the soil rather than add them. We use it in all our container-grown plants (tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, chillies, peppers, okra, melons) at the bottom of the pots underneath the compost as well as dig it into some of the beds (but not the onion, garlic or leek beds!).