tinyallotment

Growing as much food on as little land for as little money as possible


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Sorry for the lack of posts recently

Life is a bit hectic at the moment. Work is taking priority as we try to keep the wolf from the door and family commitments mean we do not have much time to concentrate on the blog or the allotment.

The allotment is being maintained and I visit twice a day to water and open/close the polytunnel. i am also keeping it tidy and weeded but most projects have been put on hold for the time being until I have a little more time.

We have taken over another tiny allotment which is going to house our Geodesic Dome and Aquaponics system. It has a few fruit trees and strawberry on the plot already and a lot of wood for building beds etc so there will be more info on this shortly.

 

Example of the dome we are going to build

Where we were going to build the dome on the original plot is now going to be a pond to encourage frogs, toads and newts etc to aid in pest control and add biodiversity to the plot.

The nettle tea is ready but I just need to bottle it and start using it. It will do wonders for the tomatoes etc.

I have some features coming up on pests and weeds and how to deal with if you even have to deal with them at all. It turns out not all weed are bad for the garden and some are down right beneficial.

Ans I am going to get started on a barrel garden and a wormery.

So there is still a lot to look forward to at the tiny allotment. Thank you for your patience and I will be posting more soon.

aman

 


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Free Organic Fertiliser Number 1 Nettle Tea

You may have gathered that my favourite price for anything is FREE! There is no point spending loads of money growing vegetables when you can get the same results by spending nothing.

I am going to make a variety of free fertilisers over the next few weeks but to start off I am going to make one that anyone can make today, no matter where you live.

Nettles are everywhere and many people see them as a nuisance and something to be pulled out and thrown away. In permaculture there are no waste products only resources so with this in mind I decided to turn a patch of nettles at the allotment into a fantastic, nitrogen rich fertiliser.

Nettles tend to grow in very rich soil which is why you often see them growing on manure heaps. There is an area of our allotments where everyone discards there resources I mean waste and of course the nettles have gone wild.

 

Nettles growing on a compost heap

Nettles growing on a compost heap

I am only making up a small batch of Nettle Tea so I gathered a good bucket load of nettle tops. Now is a good time of the year to do this because the nettle are young and full of life.

One bucket of Nettles

One bucket of Nettles

You want to damage the nettles as much as possible to create a large surface area. I used a pair of shears to finely chop the nettles.  This reduced the volume of the nettles in the bucket to about a third so I got another bucket full of nettles and repeated the shredding stage until I ended up with the bucket about two thirds full.

I then cut a spare piece of chicken wire into a disk slightly larger than the bucket. I will use this to keep the nettles below the surface of the water.

Chopped up nettles ready to add the water

Chopped up nettles ready to add the water

Then I pushed the wire down onto the nettles and covered with rain water from the water butt.

Nettle tea brewing away to make fantastic nitrogen rich plant feed.

Nettle tea brewing away to make fantastic nitrogen rich plant feed.

I have put a loose lid on the bucket to stop the rain from diluting the mixture too much and now I will leave it for about a month to ferment and get really smelly.

Once done you can bottle it and add a splash to your watering can when watering your veg or tomatoes.

Over the weeks I will make some other liquid feeds from such things as Seaweed, Comfrey, Horse Manure and Chicken Poo.

aman