Stinging Nettle Tea? in the
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I have made teas for years to fertilize my garden. I use two 45 gallon drums and rotate so there is always one ready. I use stinging nettles, horsetail, lawn clippings and willow water sprouts that has many growth hormones. All I do is put some greens in the bottom of a barrel and fill with water, cover with plastic and let it sit in the sun for 3 days or so. It's really fragrant and I keep it far from the house. I dilute the tea 10 parts water one part tea. Does great for my garden. I have a 400 square foot garden and fertilize at least once a week. It's good practice not to use chlorinated water to make teas unless you let it sit open for a day.
Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica, a quick search tells us it's full of good stuff plants love: Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, and a good source of beta carotene; vitamins A, C, and E; tannins; iron; calcium; phosphates; and various other minerals, especially silica.
For the most part it seems the traditional method, used for ages in england & france, is to let it sit in water for 10 to 15 days and it will stink to high heaven.
I'll be picking some up and using it the same as i do my alfalfa which i have excellent results by just adding a small scoop into my compost tea & letting it bubble for about a day. Nettle doesn't grow where i'm at, maybe it's the elevation and the long winter season, but i found lots of dried organic herbs/plants at mountain rose herbs website that i'll be trying out.
Here's a link with a detailed description of how to make it, french style.
Last edited by blueJ; 07-09-2012 at 09:05 PM.
I make a 3-4 week fermented tea with fresh nettle, comfrey and red clover flowers. It comes out thick and stinky.
I use it at a 1:10 ratio, my plants LOVE it!
Nettle is also a classic biodynamic herb, and used in France on fruits and vegetables extensively.
If anyone is still checkin this thread out, i am well into my brew here and was guna post some pictures.
I also got a compost tea with bubblers going. so ill get these pics in and see what you guys think. ps. its been about a week , the nettles have been sitting in the water (chopped up) and it smells like shit, absolute manure and nasty shit lol.