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Nettles: Health Tonic and Organic Fertilizer

-Quick Method-

1.    Wild craft or buy some dried nettles from your local health food store, as mentioned in the advanced directions.
2.    Steep one ounce of dried nettles in one cup of boiling water for anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour.
3.    Strain the leaves/stems out of the tea.
4.    Dilute your brew 1:10 and use immediately.

Tip: After you strain the tea, put the leftover pulp into your compost to give it a nice boost.

Cautions: Not every fertilizer works for every plant. Some plants, such as tomatoes and roses have a difficult time with the high level of iron in nettles. This mixture is best for leafy plants and heavy feeders. When in doubt, start slowly with low concentrations and move from there as the plant responds.

The quick method is going to give you a subtler effect, but it will still feed your plants. And if you’re brewing some tea for your garden you might as well brew a bit for yourself (much more diluted of course) and enjoy a cup for good health.

If you want to get super crafty you can also try adding these herbs to your nettle mix or creating a separate fertilizer made from:

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): High in magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): High in silica, which is wonderful for strong bodies and plants.

Best of luck learning about and using these amazing weeds to your advantage!

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12:22PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Wyciąg z pokrzywy jest dobry na mszyce. wystarczy kilka dni moczenia pokrzyw i już można pryskać.

5:24PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012


7:27PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

As for remedies for being "stung" by nettles, try crushing some plantain if you see some growing nearby and rub the crushed plantain on the itchy skin. Also it should be noted that one should never consume nettle when it has gone to seed as it is very bad for your liver. The main picture of nettle in the article is a plant that has gone to seed.

4:13PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

The painful childhood memories came back quickly.

8:10PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Nettles are tremendously valuable!

1:47AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011


10:55PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thank you so much for the information on nettles. There's an abundance of this weed in our farm and never realized its benefits.It'll be a great help in my efforts to remain purely "organic" in growing vegetables. Love, peace and joy!

11:04AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

I had a friend tell me about the benefits of nettle years ago. Just wish it wasn't so itchy. lol

11:37AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Nettle is very helpful, because it can make a fresh salad, sweating in the bath, wash my hair. Next to me a lot of nettles growing.

11:05AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Nettles very useful,possible do the fresh salads,steam in bath,helps at радикулитах,useful wash the head,beside мкня much nettles grows.

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