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.