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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:36 pm    Post subject: Nettles, get rid without using chemicals? Reply with quote

How do I get rid of a large area of nettles without using chemicals? Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boiled with bacon!!!! Laughing

3 meals of boiled nettles before may day is supposed to be good for the blood. Childhood memories Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol very good Michelle m

Murfinthecountry, you need a very good pair of gloves, and a small or large fork depending on the size of the patch.

I sometimes wear rubber builders type gloves over the top, as if im any where near nettles i get stung.

we had a number of large patches last year, and the best way i found was to try and gently pull and follow their shallow roots. I had a number of plants all connected this way. and if i left any bits in the ground they were back with in a few weeks. They did seem to have quite shallow roots.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

murfinthecountry, some previous posts on the subject that the Irishgardeners search box threw up.

Nettles

Nettle fertiliser, How to Brew your own.

The first crop of the season ! Nettles!

Attracting ladybirds onto the garden.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pull the stems with gloves in may, then chop out the roots using a sharp spade, roots do not break easily and this making the eradication easier, good types of soil grow nettles.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject: nettled and avoidin' gettin'stung Reply with quote

Michael Brenock gives good advice (as always) which I can underline. And Michell M is on the money too, but May day is just around the corner. Barremic proves my own experience with nettles. I do all that and more. Then up comes Verge with the results of the google search and there you are. But there is more. I learned this from my ole grandad and his noble walking-stick-cudgel of which more in a minute

Nettles invariably grow on the best soil in the parish, so you are onto something here for a start. You have soil to [die] [live] for. Where nettles grow anything will grow flourish and give results. You got three weeks to pull out all the above-ground greenery. Then systematically dig and pull out the roots. The ground will be soft, the going good, nettle roots are like twine, you can pull out great ropes as Barremic says. But for all the rest of you particularly the lurkers hiding in the long grass, theres' a right lazy way to control nettles ongoing.

Evil or Very Mad Bate them to det with a cudgel. Evil or Very Mad

Yes! That's what I said. The achilles heel of the nettle as a plant is an inability to cope with stress and savagery. You can even practice your golf-swing on them if you have a driver. Do this for as long as it takes. I once cleared a 50yard bank of nettles by going at them from late January til about May with a shillelagh for just 5minutes once a week.

I grew crops of parsnips, beetroot, swedes, white turnips, lettuce, radishes and goodness knows now what else on that bank from late April, sowing even as I continued to savage the nettles with me oul trusty. Arthur McBride wasn't even in the happenny place with the damage I did that Spring back in 1971. And during the growing season for the edibles, I just gently pulled up any small few nettle shoots that re-appeared as they re-appeared.

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Save the nettle, please
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