Save money by making your own liquid fertiliser.
You don’t have to spend money on commercial liquid feed. This is what to do:
- Plant some comfrey. Comfrey is a vigorous, tough plant which likes plenty of water. Choose the spot in your garden carefully because it isn’t easy to get rid of. It will grow densely in a favourable position. The plant has deep roots which draw nutrients from deep in the soil.
- Once established, harvest the leaves from the base of the plant. Chop them and pack tightly into a plastic barrel or tub with a lid. Leave for three to five weeks. Yes it will smell like a sewer!
- Collect the brown liquid and top up with more leaves.
- Dilute the liquid with water at the rate of about 10 to 1. Tests have shown that it contains similar or better levels of nitrogen, potash and phosphorous compared to commercial liquid feeds.
- Use it to feed tomatoes, runner beans and potatoes. You will get better yields and better flavour.