nettles

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Post: # 55822Post taralastair
Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:51 pm

We used it for most things as I believe it is high in nitrogen. I simply pull up as much as I can find, stick it in a large barrel, add water or rain and wait a few weeks. Then we siphoned off the "tea" and used it to water in new plants or feed established ones. Also, when planting pumpkins/squashes you can fish out the old gungy nettles and put them in the base of the hole you have dug for your plants. Warning though - this concoction does pong! But I suppose most good fertiliser does!

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Post: # 55872Post Millymollymandy
Tue May 01, 2007 6:24 am

red wrote:well - we tried eating nettles and thought they were disgusting.. so .. not for us I guess

tell me more about the feed? what plants want it?
I'll believe you! I've never tried them, cos for some reason I have never felt the urge!

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Post: # 55895Post Flingdizz
Tue May 01, 2007 11:33 am

I made nettle beer and it was yummy! A bit like ginger beer without the ginger and good when chilled!

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Post: # 55899Post red
Tue May 01, 2007 11:52 am

try making it without the nettles.. see if that comes out the same!
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Post: # 58404Post The Chili Monster
Wed May 23, 2007 10:27 pm

I alternated the use of nettle fertiliser with seaweed extract on my tomatoes and peppers last year. The plants did very well when they finally got some (I forgot to put the lid on the container and the dog and cat helped themselves).

As for the smell, I think Muddypausesummed it up best.
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Post: # 58431Post ina
Thu May 24, 2007 5:27 am

Did you know it's "Be Nice to Nettles Week" at the moment? (16-27 May - hey, that's almost two weeks!)

www.nettles.org.uk
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Post: # 61880Post mybarnconversion
Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:32 pm

Don't mind eating them, but I'm not going to be nice to them :lol:

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