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 Goodman

David Goodman is a naturalist 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 writes a regular column for Natural Awakenings magazine in North Central Florida, posts on the Mother Earth News blog, owns a nursery of hard-to-find tropical edibles and grows roughly 1.5 zillion plants on his one-acre homestead. In mid-2012, he launched as a place to share his ongoing experiments with tropical and temperate crops. He currently has over 20 intensive beds, multiple field plots, over 100 fruit trees, two food forest projects in different climates and a series of ongoing experiments in-progress - all of which bring him closer each day to complete food security. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie. Visit his daily blog here: The Survival Gardener Follow him on Twitter here:

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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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