The trick to having a healthy garden is all in one secret ingredient , which on top of that is free. Let’s see what it is.

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Whether you have a garden or a small vegetable garden, the greatest satisfaction is undoubtedly to see it lush. Very often we rely on ready-made fertilizers that are on the market in different formulations, yet not everyone knows that it is possible to make a nitrogen-based fertilizer directly at home and with an ingredient that is easy to find directly in nature. Let’s find out how.

How to have a healthy garden

Maintaining a beautiful garden can be a challenging task, but with a little planning and care it can undoubtedly become a pleasant and satisfying activity. The first step is to carefully plan the layout of the garden.

In fact, it is necessary to take into account the position of the sun, the size of the garden and the maintenance needs. Once you have established how to organize, you need to choose plants suitable for the climate, and you will need to prepare the soil.

How to have a healthy garden

Among the basic care there is regular watering and adequate sunlight. It is also important to keep the garden free from weeds and pests. Surely taking care of the garden at least once a week helps to keep it in good condition, but equally important is to have a well-nourished soil. This is possible thanks to a fundamental nutrient, namely nitrogen that can be obtained for free in nature. So let’s see how to make a nitrogen-based fertilizer for the garden using a plant considered a weed and as a weed: nettle.

A fertilizer to nourish the soil

As mentioned, it is possible to make a nitrogen-based fertilizer by taking advantage of what nature offers. In this case, nettles, known and fast-growing weeds, are excellent allies.

Nettles are plants that grow literally all over the world. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a source of antioxidants, protein, fiber and essential fatty acids. They are also rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, as well as B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. They also contain vitamins A, C, E and K, and thanks to their properties, they are often used in herbal teas, supplements and decoctions, as well as fertilizers for the garden.

Nettles for fertilizing the soil

Nettle-based fertilizer can be used to increase soil fertility and help improve plant health. It contains a large amount of nutrients, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, nitrogen and more.

It can be used to feed plants, improve soil structure, reduce pest infestation, and help prevent plant diseases. It is also useful for improving the resistance of plants to cold and drought. In short, a real panacea for a healthy garden, let’s find out how to prepare it.

The preparation of fertilizer

To obtain an excellent fertilizer, youmust first get nettles. They are plants that can be safely harvested, so bring gloves and start mowing the amount needed for your garden.

Get a bucket in which to put the nettles. The advice is to chop the leaves into small pieces so as to facilitate the fermentation process.

When you have finished, add rainwater to the bucket, without filling it to the brim because fermentation will increase in volume. Then cover the bucket making sure not to close it, so that the fermentation gases can be free to escape.

Preparing a fertilizer with nettles

Once this is done, find a sheltered place for your bucket, as you will have to wait 3 weeks before the fertilizer is ready, and normally the fermentation process gives off unpleasant odors. During the three weeks remember to mix everything regularly every 3 or 4 days.

When you notice the absence of bubbles and foam, fermentation will be finished and your fertilizer will be ready. The mixture is very strong, so to be used it is essential to dilute it in a ratio of 1:10, that is, for one cup of fertilizer 10 cups of water. You can use it to water your garden every 3 weeks and within a short time you will be able to see the fruits of a well-fed soil.

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