A number of plants are used as a basis of treatment to maintain the garden, care for and stimulate the defenses of the plants. Fern is one of them. Harvested in the forest or grown in a corner of the garden, pick the fresh fern leaves at the right time to make an effective liquid manure yourself.
Very easy to make, make yourof to provide natural solutions in order to have a garden, a and a healthy orchard.
Which ferns to use?
We often talk aboutwithout specifying that it is the eagle fern, its Latin name Pteridium aquilinum or male fern, Dryopteris filix-mas. They can be found in nature, in the undergrowth, in or grow them in a shady corner of the garden (be careful because the eagle fern can become invasive with long ). For the or non-experts, you can find broken ferns or ready-made fern manure, to be diluted (always follow the precautions for use indicated on the ), in garden centers or on . Fern manure is a product “Usable in »(UAB), therefore respectful of natural gardening.
How to prepare fern manure?
Here is the recipe for a successful preparation:
- put on gloves and cut fern fronds;
- place the leaves in small pieces in a container ;
- add rain or spring water;
- cover the container with a clean cloth and place everything in the shade;
- let macerate for 10 to 12 days, stirring every day;
- the liquid manure is finished when you no longer see bubbles on the surface;
- put on gloves to filter the liquid manure, taking care to remove all leaf residue;
- throw these residues on the compost pile;
- using a funnel, put the liquid manure in a plastic bottle;
- close the bottle tightly;
- label it and specify the name of the preparation and the date of realization;
- store the bottle in a ventilated room, away from the , pets and children.
You will be able to keep it for a year, until the next harvest of fresh leaves.
Why and how to use fern slurry?
The fern is rich in, in and in , which allows it to be both a natural insect repellent and a repellent, and to strengthen the defenses of plants. Here are some actions recognized by this fern slurry:
- it is a real repellent against pests like , the , the woolly . Dilute this insect repellent to 5% and spray it directly on the leaves with a sprayer;
- it limits the presence of from the ground like . Dilute it to 10% (which means one liter of liquid manure for 10 liters of water) and directly water the base of the plants before and after planting;
- he becomes a to fight against diseases as the and powdery mildew. Use it pure in diseases on roses or or once the attack has been observed;
- it has beneficial effects on root development during transplanting. Dilute it to 10% and water the foot two weeks apart;
- it can be used as a natural fertilizer because these ferns are rich in phosphorus, , and . In this case, dilute it to 10% and apply it with a watering can.
Whatever use you make of it, you will have to wait 15 days before repeating the operation, if necessary. It is used equally well on vegetables from the kitchen garden, orchard fruits,, shrubs than flowers.