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grinning grunny



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 12 7:29 pm    Post subject: Nettle feed Reply with quote    

I produced rarther a large amount of nettle feed last year, is it OK to keep using it this year? Could it cause problems? Does it go off? Does it improve with age (Like wine)?

Chris

TimNeo



Joined: 06 Jul 2006
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Location: Ashingdon, UK
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 12 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It always smells off.

Can't see that it has a best before date imho.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 12 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

see mixture +dpack in the archives

it will be a good starter culture (and spring feed)

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 12 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Why do you need to feed your nettles?

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 12 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

IMHO most of the moulds & bacteria you are likely to culture will already be present in the soil, so not a problem & quite likely beneficial .
Maybe make a fresh batch for young seedlings & use the old on the soil not as a foliar feed.

oldish chris



Joined: 14 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 12 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There is a basic law of science that reckons that the NPK content will remain constant - could loose some N as ammonia. The problems arise from the products of fermentation (guessing the pH and the aroma will alter).

I'd use it. The cautious as a compost heap accelerator, the anti-social as a foliar feed.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 12 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oldish chris wrote:


I'd use it. The cautious as a compost heap accelerator, the anti-social as a foliar feed.

Might stop the rabbits from eating my lettuce.
Doubt it would stop the slugs though.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 12 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't think I would fancy lettuce with nettle feed over the leaves, so I can see the rabbits point of view.

You might have lost some nitrogen over the winter, and you may have some interesting bugs and organic compounds in there. I would be inclined to use it direct on the soil rather than as a foliar feed, and as has been suggested, if all else fails it will make an amazing accelerator for the compost heap.

grinning grunny



Joined: 11 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 12 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for the advice everybody, thinks I will bottle some up and spread the rest around the patch to hopefully kick start things when we get some warmer weather, and put the remains in the compost, which is struggling in the cold, new nettles will be ready for harvest later for a new a batch. Maybe feed the nettles also, thanks for the suggestion HL.

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