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Dealing with nettles
Sun 6-Mar-11
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mr. trench said:

Bon soir brightspark.  Est-ce que vous etes francaise?


 

Non, je suis anglaise, malheureusement! Mais, j'ai une maison en France.

Pres de Cognac, dans la departement Charente-Maritime.

Merci pour demander!

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Sun 13-Mar-11
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Toffeeapple said:

I'm the queen of mad and scatty and clueless, truly! 


 

What a perfect match it was, the day TA accepted our invitation to lead and moderate this forum.  big_laugh

Oh Ta - it's impulsive disorder on my part. Show me an open goal and I always kick the ball in! wink

That s fascinating advice from several contributors about regularly topping nettle to make them eventually give up. I know that their network of root systems can be shallow with the occasional deep rooted tap root. We prefer to rip out the root systems but this year we will try the nag-nag-nag approach.

Never dared to cook the topmost leaves, TBH.

Never knowingly underfed

Sun 13-Mar-11
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Actually, Danny, it was a master stroke! Truly.  ok  ok 

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Mon 14-Mar-11
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ahem..whistle excuse me for not reading the thread thoroughly, but i thought i'd give my penny-eth in and that a combination of comfrey and nettle liquid is a well-balanced fertiliser. i know that you can gather enough leaves and have it weighed down with bricks or something heavy will extract the 'essence' out of them. altho' it's concentrated, i don't think it'll smell as bad as the added water version. 

all perennial weeds this year that i have (with the soft/sappy/flexi roots will be bagged up and stored away for a year or so. this will ensure that all the nutrients that the roots have taken up will be reused and fed back into the soil. well, that is my theory anyway for my new lotti (allotment, peeps). altho' the lotti has loadsa bad (i mean just prolific and just everywhere!) weeds, i have a massive job on my hands..  i don't mind the nettles as they're shallow-rooted and have runners, they're not so bad in pulling up. tho' if you leave the nettles too late, then it'll be harder for you to eradicate them.. cry

Tue 15-Mar-11
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But nettles attract wildlife so don't get rid of all of them...

I'll try that again!

Tue 15-Mar-11
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wave You are so right Toni, butterflies for one.

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Tue 15-Mar-11
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And bees and hoverflies.

I'll try that again!

Tue 15-Mar-11
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and what would I eat in spring whistle

Tue 15-Mar-11
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You can carry on with the Ground Elder!

I'll try that again!

Tue 15-Mar-11
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Right, that's sorted then......I'll tell husband he's to cease waging war on the nettles, coz they attract wildlife and he can eat them (the nettles, that is, not the wildlife) if there's some disaster and none of his veggies grow.....and the forumites say he's to leave them be.  ok

 

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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How have none of you mentioned the best idea of what to do with them?  Make beer!!!  cheers  I've got a Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall recipe I'm going to try this year - can't seem to find it online at the mo though but there's loads of versions out there.  His is nice and simple sounding and you get nigh on free booze in a minimum of a week!!  medicine

Tue 22-Mar-11
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Here is a LINKY for nettle beer.  Not too many receipts out there that use only basic ingredients.

 

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Mar-11
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Or, the guys can pop them down their codpiece.......!!! eeeksurprisedeeek   Oh.....my......god!!!!! devilbig_laugh

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Tue 22-Mar-11
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surprised !!!

That recipe sounds pretty much like HFW's - although I don't think his had yeast in which may help with the potential for them to explode.  I'll dig it out tonight as they seem to have scoured it from both his and the channel 4 website.  angry

Tue 22-Mar-11
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Sooliz said:

Or, the guys can pop them down their codpiece.......!!! eeeksurprisedeeek   Oh.....my......god!!!!! devilbig_laugh


 

What?  What did I miss?  confused

I'll try that again!

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