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Even if eggplants are very demanding plants, you don't have to fertilize them with chemicals to provide them with the best possible care. It is also natural.Eggplants need a lot of nutrients Eggplants are vegetables that not only need a lot of water, heat and space, but also regularly need a little fertilizer. Especially in our latitudes, where summers are often short and long not as warm as in Italy, Spain and Greece, aubergines without fertilizer do not grow as well as in warmer countries. In addition, they do not bear much fruit. So if you want to get a rich harvest, you have to do something about it and fertilize your eggplant regularly.
Of course, you can use industrially manufactured fertilizers. But why use chemistry when biological fertilizers are just as good? You can also do the latter yourself.
How to fertilize your eggplants without chemicals
Fertilization when planting:
Most plants should be fertilized a little when planted. This also includes the eggplants. Instead of using chemistry here, you can simply put some compost in the planting hole. Then water well and you have already created a good basis for strong eggplant plants.
Stinging nettle is a very good biological fertilizer because it not only strengthens the immune system of the plants, but also works against pests and diseases. Once set, you can use the nettle slurry again and again to fertilize your eggplants every 14 days. This then ensures a good and healthy growth of the eggplants and a good harvest.
How to make nettle slurry:
❶ You need a large container with a lid (e.g. a rain barrel) to make the nettle slurry. Put as many nettles as you want in this jar. Small hint: for the liquid manure you need 1 kilogram of fresh nettles per 10 liters of water. Then you have to pour in enough water until the nettles are covered and put the lid on.
❷ Then you have to let the mixture stand for about three to four weeks and stir it daily. During this time, the smell-intensive fermentation takes place, during which bubbles rise. If none of them rise, the fermentation process is complete.
❸ When the nettle slurry is ready, you can use it directly as an organic fertilizer. To do this, you must first strain the liquid manure. Then add 1 liter of nettle slurry to 10 liters of water and water the eggplants every 10 to 14 days. The high nitrogen content of the nettles then ensures that your eggplants develop splendidly.