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Hi Everyone,

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but here goes. For the past couple of weeks I've been aerating a 3 gallon plastic container full of water and clippings from my comfrey and stinging nettle plants.

I'm not sure exactly what my final product is. Should I dilute it when I use? Should I just dump everything into my backpack sprayer?

Thanks for the advice
 
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I have a friend here who makes a nettle tea in a similar way (no comfrey in his) and he dilutes it with 20:1 water to nettle tea and uses it to feed his vegetable garden every 3 weeks along with fish emulsion, and azomite and north atlantic sea kelp added to the soil at planting time.
 
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I grow a lot of nettles for food and insect habitat. I'm also curious about what they bring to the microbial diet of the invisible herd that makes up the soil web. When my nettles get long and leggy, I usually just chop and drop them or toss them into the compost heap. My assumption is that anything beneficial they offer to the greater biosphere is going to be slowly released as the leaves break down. I'm too busy to make compost/comfrey/nettle tea and then find the time to spray it. But my assumption is that anything good in the tea would also be present (albeit more slowly released) in old fashioned chop-and-drop mulching, yes?
 
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