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    Default make your own liquid fertilizer?

    does anyone make thier own liquid fertilizer? how to proceed- i have some large comfrey plants, and unlimited horse muck, also chicken muck/straw. i thought i could utilize it as a liquid feed? would it work and how to proceed- i guess it needs to soak in water for a length of time? could i replace bought liquid feeds with it?thanks all.

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    I've got a big empty squash bottle which I nabbed from work full of comfrey leaves and water brewing on the patio. I think it takes about three weeks to brew but basically when it stinks it's ready. Comfrey supposedly makes a good feed for potassium hungry plants ie fruiting ones like toms and cucumbers. Nettles are supposed to be good for nitrogen loving plants - leafy stuff like brassicas. You could do the same with muck - brew it in an old pillowcase dunked in a bucket of water. This would provide a nitrogen rich feed. I would dilute 1 part to 10 but I suppose it depends how strong you make it.
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    I second the above, also I've also used borage leaves and dandelion.

    I also usually dilute the nettle, borage or dandelion mix by about 1 part mix to 10 parts water.

    Mighty stuff!
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    I have a Heath Robinson affair at home, its a length of steel drainpipe, a chicken wire filter at the bottom, and a big lemonade bottle attached to the bottom by a jubilee clip.
    Put the comfrey leaves in the top of the pipe, they rot down and give black gold at the bottom.
    Simple but brilliantly effective. I can stick a photo on here (courtesy of Piskie I imagine) if you would like?
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    Me too Bob - I've got one for nettles and one for comfrey.

    this way it doesn't smell!


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    Yup, thats pretty similar to mine, cheers Zaz, no need to hurt my brain trying to sort out photo uploading.
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    I use nettles, comfrey and sheep poo. Put all into a plastic dustbin, fill with water, stir with a stick a few times a day for a week, then dilute, a large plastic mug-full into a watering can and top up with water.

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    does this go "off" or stagnant? i have a big drum container, bigger than a dustbin...could i keep it going by just topping up weekly, or do i need to do fresh batches ie empty it out. oh, i have LOADS of stinging nettles too-- i look forward to drowning some!

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