Repel pests and enhance your plants with this easy-to-make rhubarb fertilizer.
Translation: Charlotte Guililand
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This video will show you how to make rhubarb fertilizer.
Rhubarb manure is obtained by fermenting rhubarb leaves in water. It makes a good repellent against certain pests such as black aphids, worms, leek moths and slugs.
In order to make the rhubarb manure, you will need:
Equipment required to make some fertilizer
A wooden stick.
And a lid or a cloth attached with pegs
Equipment for filtering
Step 1: Gather 1.5 kilos of rhubarb leaves and take off the stalks, which you can use for cooking.
Step 2: Keep the healthy leaves and throw away those showing signs of disease.
Step 3: Roughly chop them up and place them in the bucket.
Step 4: Fill the bucket with 10 litres of water.
Step 5: Mix well so that all of the leaves are completely soaked.
Step 6: Now cover the bucket with a lid or a cloth attached with pegs.
Step 7: Mix the content of the bucket for 3 consecutive days.
Step 8: At the end of this period, filter the mixture.
Step 9: Place a sieve on a new bucket and transfer the solution. Place the leaf residue on your compost pile as it will make the compost richer in nitrogenous substances.
Step 10: The manure can be stored for several months. Place it in a sealed container and store it in a cool, dark place.
For use as an insecticide, against black aphids, worms and leek moths, use undiluted fertilizer. Spray it directly onto plants infested with pests.
Repeat every 15 days until the pests have completely disappeared.
In order to get rid of slugs, dilute 1 part solution in 5 parts of water and use this to water around the plants that have been attacked.
1 part fertilizer in 5 parts of water.
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