Sunday, 30 May 2010

Be Nice to Nettles Week!

Did you know it is Be Nice to Nettles Week. Check out the website called Be Nice to Nettles Week.

Stinging Nettle

The picture above shows stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica).

Nettles play an important role in an organic garden. They are excellent added to a compost heap. They can be made into a liquid manure & used as an excellent tonic when sprayed on leaves & soil.

Nettles also have an important nutritional value as they are rich in vitamins A & C. The formic acid is destroyed by cooking so they can used in the same way as spinach. Use only the top fresh leaves. Nettles can also be made into teas, beers & wines.

Nettles are an excellent addition to cattle fodder & poultry feed as they are rich in chlorophyll, iron, nitrogen & calcium.

I hope you check out the Be Nice to Nettles website as it has some great information.


Veggie Gnome said...

In that case I shall go and munch on nettles this week. :) Thanks for the article, Maggie! Please munch on a nettle, too - I'm sure it'll help your cold. ;)

Heiko said...

You call eating nettles being nice to them? Hope you'll never be nice to me! :)

Growing vegetables said...

That's lovely to know the nutritional facts about nettle. I have visited the website you mentioned. It really has some great information.Thanks for the information.

LENA said...

Thank you for sharing. Wonderful post. I appreciate it.

I like some of your creative ideas

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For a little second I thought it was other plant, I was to ask you for some recommendation to get that plant, but I was wrong, but thanks so much for the information.