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Dealing with nettles
Tue 22-Mar-11
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brightspark
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Ah, TA, on your linky - there is a little bit about Henry VIII's physician recommending putting them into the codpiece to correct *erectile dysfunction* not too sure this is the right place to mention it !! big_laugh   big_laugh

I'm also not too sure if that physician really knew what he was doing!! eeek big_laugh

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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eeek  Ooer Mrs!  I think I'd better go back and check that out, I didn't read the full article.

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Mar-11
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Ouch, that sound very painful.

I'll try that again!

Sun 27-Mar-11
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Sooliz said:

Husband has asked me to seek advice from you good and knowledgeable people

wave  Hi there Sooliz, 

I thought you both might be interested in this bit of video.....you could make a bit of money out of your nettles.......!!

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Sat 28-May-11
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I just found this interesting info on nettles with lots of recipes.

http://www.herbsociety.org.uk/kh-hedgerow-to-kitch.....ttle.htm   

I know Sooliz won't be cooking them but others might.  I, for one will make the Nettle Vinegar this weekend as I have to cut back a patch by my raised beds.....they have gone crazy since we had rain this week. I am fascinated by the use of the seeds. I have lots of those ripening on a huge bank of nettles just outside my garden gate at the back. I call it the Great Heap, the bit of land belongs to me but some previous owner dumped building waste there then covered it with earth etc. Now it seems to have become a haven for hedgehogs & other wild-life. Occasionally it is strimmed.  My neater neighbours (not all of them, luckily) hate it & make rude remarks.....I say some of us have to care about nature having a bit of wild left. They sometimes do the strimming when I am not around......Hmmmm....they set fire to part of it once & roasted some baby hedgehogs....I was furious.....they haven't done it since.......dalek

 

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Sat 28-May-11
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Hi Nadine

That's pretty naughty of your neighbours to set fire to your nettles when the land belongs to you, no wonder you were annoyed.  As I've mentioned elsewhere, husband does use a flamethrower weed gun thing when the nettles and/or brambles get out of hand, but he always does a sweep through first to check for wildlife, as we have slowworms and mice living down the bottom of the garden which we have no objection to (other than trying to keep the mice from eating the pea shoots etc! roll_eyes).

As for actually using the nettles......being a relative newbie to eating veggies, and very much a novice when it comes to growing our own, making use of what we've got, self sufficiency, etc, use of nettles is not on my agenda at the moment.  I'm only just getting into the swing of this back-to-nature self sufficiency lark, after a lifetime of being a townie (apart from a year living on a farm as a child).  Filling up the freezer with our (limited) first produce offerings last year, plus making the blackberry gin and plum vodka from our garden fruits, was my first attempt at this sort of thing.  Of course I intend to do much more this year, I'm learning (mostly from this forum!ok) all the time.  E.g. there are several elderberries in this garden.....whilst I don't like anything elderflower-related (too flowery for my taste! big_laugh), I am very interested in making elderberry cordial later on in the year.  And rosehip syrup.....there are lots of roses here.

So I MIGHT use nettles one day, when I've got more experienced and familiar with everything.  It's still very much a steep learning curve for us at the moment, and I'm having to overcome all sorts of deep-seated prejudices (like eating nettles!! embarassedbig_laugh).

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

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Very interesting article thanks Nadine

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JoannaS said:

Very interesting article thanks Nadine

 

Thanks Joanna.  The whole sight is fascinating & full of useful information, recipes etc.

How are your eyes today?  I just asked this in the weather/sun-lounger forum.

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

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