Good­ness from weeds

Landscape (UK) - - Our Landscape -

Dan­de­lions have a long tap­root which ab­sorbs many min­er­als from the ground, par­tic­u­larly potas­sium and mag­ne­sium. Though of­ten un­wel­come in the gar­den, they can be used in a rich, sim­ple fer­tiliser. Af­ter lift­ing, the flower, leaves and root are stored in a bucket. The plants are packed tightly and when the bucket is two thirds full, are weighed down with a brick or rock. The bucket is then topped up with rain­wa­ter and cov­ered with a loose-fit­ting lid or mesh to keep out flies and cap­ture the pun­gent smell. The mix­ture will fer­ment, cre­at­ing car­bon diox­ide, so an air­tight lid is not rec­om­mended. It is then left for a min­i­mum of three days and a max­i­mum of two weeks. Be­fore us­ing, it should be strained to remove any seeds and di­luted to one tenth of its strength. Other weeds, such as net­tles and horse­tail, can also be in­cluded.

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