How To Make A Free Fertilizer Tea From Weeds

November 11, 2013

Beans, Food Production, How To Compost

I really like free fertilizers. In ascending order of grossness: Compost, manure, urine, animal carcasses… there’s quite a bit out there you can use to feed your plants.

Yet one of the most satisfying free fertilizers is rarely discussed. That amendment is weed tea.

I know, I know. You once had “weed tea” back in college and were totally baked for a week. WRONG WEED.  We’re talking weed tea like this stuff:

The satisfying part of weed tea is that you’re taking a pest and converting it into an asset. I made a lot of weed tea to feed my greenhouse plants two years ago, and didn’t even wash my hands after using “biologogical products.” I’m still here to write about it. Yes, it smells bad – but it made my plants very happy.

Weeds are great at accumulating nutrients from the soil. That’s what makes them such hardy competitors in the garden. Take their hard work and make it work for you.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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3 Responses to “How To Make A Free Fertilizer Tea From Weeds”

  1. Sacred Agriculture Says:

    Good job!

    This thing human beings call weeds are really just the weeds of their ignorance, a mental program that prevents them from entering the world of sacred agriculture. You sir have understood something very important about nature by using these plants in your compost and tea preparation.

    Congratulation and keep up the good work!


  2. Sandra Joyce Says:

    Have just found you on a search for weed tea – thank you.

    Would be delighted to find a simple (!!!) solution for eradicating soursob. It’s everywhere. I also have a native garden in front, so concerned for these sensitive plants.

    I’m in a suburb of Perth.

    Thanks in anticipation,



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