Sunday, June 05, 2005

Nettles, gardeners friend

Nettles are by some frowned upon by some gardners. If you have a wild patch in your garden chances are it will quickly be uprooted and put to use. Sadly this patch can serve so many purposes in your garden thats its worth considering leaving it alone. A wild patch can serve as a natural habitat for garden friendly wildlife like bees, hedge hogs and lady birds. The wild plants that grow there can also be of a huge help to your garden which brings me to my topic.

Nettles are one of the most useful plants in the garden. Young nettles can be used as a natural accelerator in your compost and they can be used to rot in water as a liquid feed, see Alans notes on the subject for more of what I mean.

So if you have a wild patch in your garden, leave it be and let it help you.


Anonymous Robert said...

Nettles are also used by Peacock butterflies (well, ok the caterpillars), so its worth having a few just to see of few of these.

10:22 AM  

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