NUTRIENTS and what they Do





Balances acidity and nutrients

Diseased fruit or plant Die-back


Encourages growth and Photosynthesis

Yellowish leaves and stunted growth


Good for improving roots and fruit yield

Bluish leaf tint or low fruit yields


Healthier plants as it increases Nitrogen

Mottled leaves or limited yields of fruit


Improves germination

and leaf colouring

Leaves falling early or dyeing off.


Improves leaf pigmentation.

Pale foliage


Use to help support Iron

Leaf rolling


Use to improve nutrition

Die off of young leaves or shoots


Balanced growth

Distorted buds, shoots or leaves

Liquid Feeds

As well as purchasing liquid feeds, it is possible to grow certain plants specifically for distilling into home made liquid feed.

A good example of this is to grow Comfrey. This plant can spread rapidly so should be planted in a container.

When ready to harvest, pack the leaves into a net bag and immerse in water. Allow about two to three weeks, during which time the bag should be regularly poked and prodded.

Squeeze the liquid into a container and store ready to be diluted with water until looking  like a cup of weak tea. It is then ready to be used. Be warned the infusion will give off a very pungent smell.

The leaves of the Comfrey can also be laid around crops to provide a potash rich mulch as they rot down.

 As well as Comfrey liquid fertiliser can also be extracted in a similar fashion from Dandelions, Nettles or Watercress.

Various compounds of these nutrients are to be found for sale in the Association shop.

These fertilisers have been rated according to the contents of the Main Nutrients Nitrogen (N)-Phosphorus (P)-and Potassium (P) for good growth.

They are displayed showing their NPK ratios. For example a fertiliser with a NPK ratio of 7.7.7 will contain 7 percent of each nutrient.

A typical fertiliser marking, giving instructions for use, as  displayed in the shop is shown below:-


General Purpose artificial fertiliser.

NPK -   7 - 7 - 7

Vegetables: 4 to 6 oz per sq yard                   before planting/sowing.

Beans - add 2 oz per yard run when              in flower.

Fruit Bushes: 4 oz per sq yard in                     spring.

Flowers:  4 oz per sq yard before                planting or 2 oz as top                dressing.

Shrubs:  1 oz around base in spring

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