Mouldy nettle fertiliser

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9:14 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #1

Hi all!

I decided to make nettle fertiliser for the first time this year, and set about 2kg nettles inside a closed pillowcase, fully submerged in 50 litres water. I decided a 100 litre water butt would be the most sensible option due to the tap on the bottom and being able to pull the bag out when 'cooked'. Unfortunately 2 weeks later, patches of grey & white mould have formed on the surface - these are jelly-like, and I wasn't expecting this issue. I have fermented plenty of foods in the kitchen, but this is the only thing which has ever gone mouldy on me! I'm not really sure what I could have done differently, and after much internet trawling, I can't find anyone else who has had the same problem! Any ideas? Do you think what's beneath the surface would be safe to use?

Thanks in advance,
Charlotte
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8:34 AM - Jun 11, 2018 #2

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I'm afraid I don't know the answer. Maybe the nettles have given algae in the water a boost. I know you can get brown jelly things on lawns, Nostoc. You can get white water mould on swimming pools. I have a friend who might know so I'll ask her. Iv'e not really been much help, sorry



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7:40 PM - Jun 11, 2018 #3

I got this back from my friend 

 Unstirred you get a very anaerobic breakdown and get different bacterias making the brew which can give scums, slimes and odours giving a different decomposition to that which has a more aerobic decomposition attained by a little stirring and aeration throughout the process.
Suggested to stir the liquor up after straining and use as normal at a 20:1 water: concentrate rate.

Don't know if this helps 



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3:27 PM - Jun 13, 2018 #4

Hi Kitty,

Thanks so much for your help. This makes a lot of sense as we had a couple of family emergencies where we had to leave for a few days so it didn't get any attention for those periods. We got rid of most of the mould on Sunday and gave it a good stir, when I checked it again today there weren't big blobs back and it smelt a lot better! A learning curve for sure! Thanks for putting my mind at rest :)
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8:55 AM - Jun 14, 2018 #5




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