DIY Nutrients from Dynamic Accumulator plants

October 20, 2013

DIY Nutrients from Dynamic Accumulator plants

 

Dynamic accumulators are plants that gather certain micro nutrients, macro nutrients, or minerals from the soil through their roots, the nutrients are then stored in their leaves.

These accumulator plants are great for do it yourself organic nutrients, by either making a tea or drying the plant matter, grinding it into powder to make a "meal" and adding it to your organic soil mix like you would any other dry nutrient. This is DIY nutrients made easy. Your living soil is sure to benefit.

Here is a list of some of the better accumulator plants that you can use to make you own plant based nutrients that you may be able to find around your local area.

Comfrey, Stinging Nettles, Yarrow, Valerian, Alfalfa, Borage, Dandelion, Horsetail. You can also check this website for many, many more http://oregonbd.org/Class/accum.htm 

You can also use this site to see actually how much, and of what phytochemicals the plant contains http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/plants.html - great for gauging what your DIY nutrients profile needs most.

So far I have made two plant meals, comfrey and horsetail. And I will probably make another from yarrow or dandelion.

The following is how I did my DIY nutrients...

Step 1: I took my plant matter and hung it to dry, it must be bone dry or it wont grind into dust.

Horsetail:

 

 

Comfrey:

 

Step 2: Once bone dry you can then take your plant matter and rub it between your hands to create small pieces or powder.

Horsetail:

 

 

Comfrey:

Step 3: Add to your soil mix and enjoy!

Vermicompost with added do it yourself plant meals, it will be left to break down before I use it:

A big thanks to Wayne for letting us steal some of his content for DIY Nutrients in your living soil!

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