It won’t be long until our tomato seedlings are ready to be planted out, and we need to protect them from pests.
So we’ve been busy collecting nettles in order to make nettle tea. The stinging nettle truly is one of those ‘weeds’ that is invaluable for the garden.
Nettle tea is said to be the natural equivalent of NPK. Stinging nettles contain chlorophyll, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and along with Vitamins A, B1, B5, C, D, E, and K.
So, by spraying tomato plants with the tea, we aren’t just keeping away the bugs that can eat them. We’re also giving our plants vital nutrients, improving the quality of our tomatoes.
If we have any left over we will use it as a natural fertilizer for our tomatos, leeks, brassicas, cucumbers and courgettes, as these are all in need of extra nutrients.
I’m hoping we’ll have enough to give a little to our blueberry bushes, as they could also do with it. But I think we’ve pretty much exhausted our supply of nettles now! Perhaps we’ll look for a spot where we can purposely grow some next year…
By the way, nettle tea couldn’t be easier to make…just collect as many stinging nettles as you need, be careful to cover up, they really do sting! Also remember, if you do get stung, there will be some dock leaves around..they always grow close to nettles. Just a rub a leaf of the sting and you’ll get instant relief.