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Comment by Megan on November 29, 2011 at 5:57am

It's not very sophisticated - I have an abundance of couch which has been brewing for a few months and I add as many comfrey leaves as I can harvest and every couple of weeks I remove some of the liquid and use it to water the garlic. There isn't a tap on the bin so just push everything down with a fork & use a bucket to skim off the liquid which is exceptionally smelly and attracts blowflies as soon as the lid is raised - you are warned :) I top up with more water as I go use it & once it's too diluted, throw all the sludge into a compost bin. The other bin contains all the bedding from friends' chicken runs - straw & lots of chicken droppings. I half fill the bin with solids and top up with water & dilute it in the watering can with more water. Last year I only fed my garlic with the liquid chicken manure and was really pleased with crop. I've only got garlic and onions growing at the community garden & a very limited selection of greens.  Would be very careful using the liquid manure on the greens as it might be too strong and would need to wash everything very very well if I did.  I got the idea of the weed tea from Kali and also read a discussion somewhere on ooooby about beneficial weeds. Soaking them in water ensures that any seeds are killed and even after 6 months soaking some of the couch still looks viable!

Comment by josephal on November 28, 2011 at 8:48pm

How are you making chicken manure, comfrey tea? Thats quite interesting since i've got chooks now. Are you using that on all your veges?

Comment by Megan on November 28, 2011 at 5:56pm

I think that the size depends on the variety, some of mine have much smaller stalks and leaves. Will take a few more photos another time - it was too windy yesterday afternoon. The soil is not very deep but I've been feeding them a brew of liquid chicken manure and comfrey tea - there are two rubbish bins in the background of the other photo where it's brewing!  My walking onions are in the garden at home and have just put out their top sets.

Comment by josephal on November 28, 2011 at 5:11pm

Mine are much smaller, am slowly working on my soil. Yours looks nice and green. The egyptian onions are doing great though! 

Comment by Megan on November 28, 2011 at 4:11pm

thanks, am glad they survived being transplanted! how's yours coming along?

Comment by josephal on November 28, 2011 at 1:43pm

looking very healthy megan

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