Organic supplements help to increase the quantity and quality of the crop, which allows you to grow environmentally friendly vegetables and fruits. If you need to save the budget, you can use the green dressing. Here we are talking about the preparation of fertilizers from nettle and dandelions. For example, weeds and other tops can be used as a free mineral supplement. Top dressing of nettle cucumbers is a cheap but very effective method of fertilizing. This will be discussed in the article.
At first glance, nettle is a useless weed, however, it has a whole set of nutrients needed for cucumbers:
- organic acids;
- trace elements;
- phytoncides etc.
By all appearances, this weed is probably not worth writing off.
Nettle is the most demanded component of home-grown organic fertilizer. Its main advantage is the presence of almost all easily digestible trace elements, such as, for example, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Important! Vitamin K1, which is contained in the nettle leaves, promotes photosynthesis, as a result of which cucumbers will develop better and stop being ill.
In order to make a nutritious and healthy mixture, when preparing fertilizer from nettle, you need to follow certain rules:
- The collection should be carried out before the formation on the stalks of seeds.
- Nettle must be undamaged.
- Infusion should be mixed twice three times a week.
- To speed up the fermentation process, the solution should be stored in the sun. You can also add to the nettle yeast or starter food.
- The residue from the fertilizer can be stored in plastic containers. Shelf life is unlimited. The only thing that the composition needs to be covered for the winter, so that it does not freeze.
- Use the composition as a fertilizer should be no more than 1 time in 2 weeks. After feeding cucumbers should be plentifully watered.
- To smell the composition was less sharp, in the container where it is stored, add the valerian root drug.
Nettle feeding will protect cucumbers from pests and all sorts of diseases. Experienced gardeners do not throw away and do not eradicate nettles from their plots. Preparing the infusion once, you can use it during the entire summer season.
Application in gardening business
Due to the fact that nettle burns, many gardeners do not like it. However, its property can be made an advantage. For example, canted nettles can be laid at the roots of cucumbers. This cover will slow the growth of weeds and provide excellent protection against pests such as slugs.
In addition, shredded nettles can be used as mulch. Such a fertilizer for cucumbers will be very useful. In addition, it prevents the formation of erosion on the ground.
Making a dressing for cucumbers from nettle is very simple. To do this, you need to mow the weed and wade it a bit, you can even dry it. Then the nettle is crushed and put in a container.
Tip! To prepare high-quality infusion, it is better not to use metal containers.
So, chopped dried or dried nettles need to be folded into tanks, barrels or cut bottles, and then filled with water. You can use separated or rainwater. Place the infusion containers in a semi-shaded place for fermentation. Nettle must stand for 10-15 days. In the process of fermentation, the infusion will smell unpleasantly, so you need to install the containers away from the windows of the house, better somewhere in the backyard.
To limit the access of oxygen to the container with nettle extract, it must be closed with polyethylene. Determined by the readiness of the infusion by smell. After fermentation, the contents of the bottles will smell like fresh manure. The finished liquid can be used for feeding cucumbers, adding it to the water for irrigation:
- for feeding plants in a ratio of 1: 5;
- for roots - 1: 2.
A warning! Garlic, onions and beans to water this kind of infusion is unacceptable.
The rest of the culture, including indoor plants can be fed infusion of nettle. Plants will quickly grow and become stronger after such nourishment: the leaves will become bright and glossy, and the process of growth and ripening of cucumbers will accelerate.
Recipe for making fertilizer from bread and nettle
If you insist nettle with bread, you get a nutritious kvass for plants. To make it you will need:
- nettle - stems and leaves;
- leftover rolls and bread;
- natural yeast.
All ingredients should be infused for 3-5 days. Fill the nettle container with ¾ and fill it with water with diluted yeast, leftover bread and kvass to the same level. Otherwise, in the process of fermentation the fertilizer will pour out over the edges.
After completion of the fermentation process, the contents of the tank must be drained. The liquid is diluted with water in a ratio of 1:10. Potassium agrochemicals and superphosphates can be added to this composition.
Infusion of nettle and dandelion
Take nettle and dandelion as a base. Collect the plants before the seeds form on them and dry them, and then chop them. Put the nettles and dandelions in a container, filling it to 1/8 of the total. Then the composition is filled with water with a humate previously diluted in it (1 tsp. Per 10 l of water).
This infusion should stand 4-5 days. In the composition, you can add ash or other ready-made organics. It is worth noting that other components can also be added to this type of fertilizer:
- stepchildren tomatoes;
- shepherd's bag;
- wheat grass with roots;
Cereal plants are also not suitable for processing, because when decomposed they form alcohol-containing compounds, which have a detrimental effect on plantings.
How to improve the quality of feeding
If you apply one simple technique, you can improve the recipes described in this article. To preserve the maximum amount of substances useful for cucumbers, cover the container with the film that has fermented grass.
The fact is that polyethylene can withstand the deformation exerted on it by methane, formed in the process of decomposition of nettle. This ensures a hermetic fermentation course, without oxygen access. The process lasts 2 weeks.
Nettle mulch and infusion are not all fertilizers that can be made from this weed. It can also produce ash. It is volatile, lightweight and has a bluish tint. The advantage of nettle ash is that it contains more than 30 trace elements and slightly less than 40% potassium.
According to experts, nettle ash is much more useful than woody. To make nettle ash, you need to mow and dry the weed, and then burn it. Better to do it in the evening. Then in the morning the ash will already be cold, which will allow you to put it in some kind of container and use it as needed. Apply nettle ash as well as wood.
Nettle fertilizer as a universal remedy
As already mentioned above, it is possible to use top dressing from nettle for almost all garden and flower crops. This fertilizer is great for feeding strawberries. It nourishes the plant and stimulates its growth. In addition, nettle dressing increases the sugar level in the berries. An excellent feed infusion of nettle is also for tomatoes. It stimulates the growth of bushes and fruits, due to the high content of calcium and potassium.
For cucumbers, white cabbage and pepper, nettle fertilizer is more suitable, complemented by dandelions. To feed the flowers, add ashes to the fertilizer. Thus, their growth is stimulated, and flowering becomes abundant.
An increasing number of gardeners, amateurs and professionals are switching to natural fertilizers. To do this, use of plant organic matter, which minimizes the use of mineral fertilizers. This approach allows you to eat healthy, safe and organic vegetables from the beds.
Let's sum up
We hope that the information obtained in this article will help you improve the performance of the garden and get a high-quality, environmentally friendly harvest. Organic fertilizers are very relevant. So, using weeds as a solution, you can not only get rid of them on the beds, but also benefit the plantings.
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