Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A mountain of nettles

hives and nettles May 14

One of the jobs to do yesterday was weeding the main allotment. We have a huge number of nettles that have flourished in the past few weeks. It was time for them to go. You can see in the picture above that there is a cluster of them in front of two of our hives.

Two hours of ripping them up left me with an enormous pile on the compost bin. Nettle mountain was almost to the height of the hedge. Alas, there are still plenty to remove.

I learnt recently that nettle stalks have been used through history to produce a fibrous material that can be spun. I may look into this further. Knitting a nettle jumper may be quite an interesting task.

nettles in compost bin May 14

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