Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Feeding For Free
If you don't feed your plants and soil they wont feed you,
I have no intention of buying expensive plant feeds and wasting money on fertiliser when it can all be done for free.
The other day we pop to the beach, while there Martin collected some seaweed for me, for a seaweed feed they say collect from the water line, not from the high tide line as there could be little creatures living in there waiting for the sea to come in,
The seaweed goes into a sack and in a bin filled with rain water, lid on, stirred every few days after 3 weeks it will be a bit smelly and brown in colour, it will be ready to use, pop some into a watering can add some water, you want it like a weak black tea, your plants will love you for it, the seaweed can be thrown onto the compost heap or put around plants.
The next feed I am using is the liquid sunit from doing the sheep fleeces last year, I have topped the bin up with rain water and its now ready to use, you can make some up just collect some sheep poo, put it in a sack and leave for about 3-4 weeks in a bin of rain water keep covered, again water it down before applying to plants.
You can do the same with Comfrey and Nettles, my comfrey plants are too young to be taking there leaves.
The compost heap is another free feed for the soil, mine gets added to in layers, animal bedding, grass cuttings, animal poo, plant vegetable matter that cant be given to livestock, kitchen waste, wood ash, shredded paper, I never never add perennial weeds to the compost heap, that is just asking for trouble, the heap gets turned regularly and is used in the autumn to top dress the raised beds.
I do also dry out egg shells in the bottom oven of the Rayburn when they are dry they are so dry they crumble in your hands, I crush them up and scatter them in and around the growing areas, it adds much needed calcium, my all time favourite is of course Alpaca poo, just spread around the soil it adds lots of goodness and the worms flock in.
If the plants and soil are well fed they will feed you well in return, I am not trying to grow the biggest or best just good healthy productive plants.