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How to prepare and use fern manure?

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 your manure of fern to provide natural solutions in order to have a garden, a vegetable garden and a healthy orchard.

Which ferns to use?

We often talk about fern without 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 forests or grow them in a shady corner of the garden (be careful because the eagle fern can become invasive with long rhizomes). For the gardeners in a hurry or non-experts, you can find broken ferns or ready-made fern manure, liquid to be diluted (always follow the precautions for use indicated on the packages), in garden centers or on Internet. Fern manure is a product “Usable in Organic Agriculture ┬╗(UAB), therefore respectful of natural gardening.

How to prepare fern manure?

Of spring to theautumn, favor picking young leaves (fronds) that do not yet have color brown under the leaves to make a liquid manure. Count about 1 kg of fresh plant for 10 liters of water, which will produce 10 liters of liquid 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 plastic ;
  • 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 fermentation 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 light, 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 phosphorus, in trace elements and in minerals, 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 insects pests like leafhoppers, the mealybugs, the aphids woolly slugs and snails. Dilute this insect repellent to 5% and spray it directly on the leaves with a sprayer;
  • it limits the presence of larvae from the ground like wireworms. 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 antifungal to fight against diseases cryptogamic as the rust and powdery mildew. Use it pure in prevention diseases on roses or hollyhocks 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, calcium, potassium and magnesium. 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, Vine, shrubs than flowers.

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