Fermented stinging nettle tea, both treatment and fertilizer

Fermented weed tea prepared from such stinging nettle.

Thanks to fermented stinging nettle tea, create your own 100% organic fertilizer and parasite repellent!

Discover fermented stinging nettle tea, an excellent fertilizer for plants in both gardens and vegetable patches, and an amazing pest control agent for most parasites like aphids.

This will help you avoid using harmful chemical products while not losing in efficiency!

Fermented stinging nettle tea is increasingly used across the world, and is even sold in specialized stores. Did you know it is perfectly possible to prepare some yourself?

Uses and effectiveness of fermented stinging nettle tea

This nettle-based preparation has unique growth-stimulating properties on plants, and it also repels most pests, aphids, mites and ticks.

Fermented stinging nettle tea isn’t a curative treatment that would heal plants after diseases. It works preventively thanks to its immune system-boosting powers.

  • An effective fertilizer – Plants need nitrogen to grow. Nitrogen is found in all fertilizer types, and fermented stinging nettle tea naturally boasts a high nitrogen content. It thus  brings target plants all the nutrients they need to stay in great health.
  • Parasite repellent – If thinned with water and sprayed on leaves directly, fermented stinging nettle tea will act as a strong repellent against all insects, aphids, mites and ticks.

Preparing fermented stinging nettle tea

Nettle in full bloom, perfect for making weed teaThe recipe for fermented stinging nettle tea has been handed down for generations, but its relevance has increased nowadays thanks to its organic and completely natural properties. After all, fermented weed tea is very effective, and stinging nettle especially so.

Using 100% organic products in your garden is a key to successfully treating your plants or making fertilizer while protecting the planet.

Note that fermented stinging nettle tea is very affordable, since the only equipment needed is a sprayer for application.

The fermented stinging nettle tea recipe is very simple

  • Tear up the stinging nettles
    Place them in a basin or a bucket. Absolutely avoid metal containers. Use plastic, wood, or eventually styrofoam.
  • Mix with water
    Here are the ratios to follow:
    Fertilizer → 35 oz (1 kg) stinging nettles for 10 quarts (10 liters) water.
    Repellent → 35 oz (1 kg) stinging nettles for 20 quarts (20 liters) water
  • Macerate 1 to 2 weeks, remember to mix every couple days.
  • Filter the fermented stinging nettle tea
    Only collect the liquid. Get rid of the remaining nettle pulp (spread it on the compost pile).

Uses of fermented stinging nettle tea

Use of fermented stinging nettle tea as a pest repellent

Spray on plants directly with a sprayer to use it against parasites. No dilution required, if the ratios above are followed.

The fermenting releases several acids from the fresh plant, as well as a special type of lectin protein. Acids and lectin are key ingredients in fending off aphids, since lectin interferes with their development cycle.

With this same dosage, you can also soak soil mix and let it dry off. This will help seedlings resist damping off after sprouting.

Use of fermented stinging nettle tea as fertilizer

Thin with water (10 to 20% tea-to-water ratio) and pour it on the ground as you would liquid fertilizer.

  • With this diluted ratio, the weed tea won’t have much effect on pests and fungus, so there’s no point spraying leaves. In fact, wetting leaves if the weather is hot might even trigger bouts of mildew.

Thanks to this mixture, you save on expenses and protect the environment, too.

In the good old days, a fistful of stinging nettle leaves was placed at the bottom of the planting holes when transplanting tomato seedlings to boost tomato harvest.

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Smart tip about fermented stinging nettle tea

Although preparing fermented stinging nettle tea is very easy and shouldn’t raise any issues, here are a few tips to make preparing it even easier…

  • Crushing or chopping the nettles will speed fermentation up.
  • For larger quantities, use your lawn mower: spread on the path and collect the shreds from the hamper.

Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Lots of stinging nettle by Mario under Pixabay license
Flowering stinging nettle by K Wol under Pixabay license