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Tomato plants grow ‘best ever fruit’ with homemade fertiliser that’s ‘like liquid gold’


Tomato plants require a lot of nutrition to grow healthy and produce fruit compared to other crops.

They are such hungry plants that nutrient-rich potting soil is not usually enough to sustain them.

Regular fertilisation ensures that your tomato plants remain healthy and produce a high and tastier yield. 

If the plants remain underfed, they will show signs of nutrient deficiency. One way to recognise this is that their leaves may turn yellow. 

While there are so many tomato plant fertilisers on the market, gardeners can also make their own – the main ingredient could be hiding away in your garden too.

Taking to the Gardening UK – Hints, Tips and Advice Facebook page, Lewis posted a photo of a homemade fertiliser his neighbour made him for his tomato plants and asked if it was ok to use.

He said: “My neighbour gave me this today and said it’s nettles fertiliser that he’s made. 

“He said to use it in my tomato plants. Is this ok? It absolutely stinks which really puts me off using it.”

Group members were quick to comment on how “amazing” nettle fertiliser is for tomatoes.

Claire Ross wrote: “Stinkier the better. We’ve made this fertiliser and it smells awful but it’s amazing for plants. Tomatoes love the stuff.”

Sarah Baker said: “This stuff grows the best ever fruit. What a thoughtful neighbour.”

Alison Moore wrote: “Oh it stinks to the high heaven but it’s the best there is.”

Lynne Taylor commented: “Dilute it in water before using it. It does smell god awful but it’s like liquid gold to tomatoes.”

Dee Mosley said: “I used to soak nettles in water, stinky but absolutely fantastic fertiliser.”

Nettle garden fertiliser is also referred to as stinging nettle manure, both because of its use as a food source for plants and also possibly in reference to its smell as it brews.

To make your own nettle fertiliser, steep 28g of nettles in 240ml of boiling water for 20 minutes to an hour, then strain the leaves and stems out and toss them in the compost bin. Finish off by diluting the fertiliser one to 10 and it’s ready for use.

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