Or­ganic feed made sim­ple

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Com­frey (es­pe­cially the ‘Bock­ing 14’ strain) can cre­ate a potash-rich liq­uid. Place two bricks in a hes­sian sack and fill it tightly with com­frey leaves, then sus­pend it in a butt of wa­ter. Af­ter three or four weeks, strain off the liq­uid feed, di­lut­ing it one part feed to 10 parts wa­ter. 2

Chicken ma­nure con­tains a lot of ni­tro­gen, as does that of pi­geons, rab­bits, ham­sters and guinea pigs. Cram some into a hes­sian or plas­tic net sack and sus­pend it in a pail of wa­ter for three or four days, then use the re­sult­ing liq­uid within 48 hours. 3

Own­ers of wormeries can utilise the liq­uid that col­lects at the base of the worm bin. Most bin de­signs have a tap at the base, so sim­ply open this up pe­ri­od­i­cally and drain a third of a cupful into a five-litre wa­ter­ing can. Be sure to use im­me­di­ately.

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