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Mother’s Day Tea

May 14, 2012
  1. Take one giant “tea bag” (a large coffee bean sack).
  2. Loosely fill with 10 lbs of fresh cut stinging nettle (Urtica dioca) roots, stems leaves, whatever you’ve pulled out WITH GLOVES.
  3. Immerse in a 200 litre rain barrel. Use a small aquarium bubbler (battery powered or electric) to constantly aerate the tea.
  4. After 24 hours remove the aerator and ‘tea bag’. Discard contents of ‘tea bag’ into your compost.

Immediately water your baby nut trees! This is our simple recipe for a free, local, organic fertilizer – and maybe something you’d serve to your mama on Mother’s Day (add lots of honey).

Nettles are a good source of Vitamin C, and also deliver Vitamin A, B1, B2, E and K to growing plants and trees.  Nettles contain trace minerals of aluminium, bromine, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, manganese, nickel, silicon and zinc as well as providing beneficial iron, calcium, magnesium and sulphur. We don’t dilute the tea prior to watering the trees because it is ‘steeped’ for only 24 hours; however if you let it sit and ferment for a week or so you should dilute it 1 part tea to 10 parts water.

After a long stint today of watering, weeding, mulching, mowing, fixing the irrigation, checking the irrigation, re-fixing the irrigation, hating the irrigation and getting overwhelmed with starts in the greenhouse…. this mama got whisked off to the beach to recalibrate.

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