4915couch grass and nettles
- May 2, 2005Hi all,
Things are progressing in my orchard plot. Beans and nasturiums
are sprouting. There are a lot of nettles (urtica dioica) and
masses of couch grass (agropyrum repens) which will have a go at
strangling everything else if I don't tackle it.
Yesterday I realised as I was working in the garden that instead
of having an attitude of these being weeds that I had to get rid
of, I could think of them as herbs that I was harvesting.
So today I have a good armful of the finest nettle tips drying
for teas and medicine and another armful of couch grass roots
ready to cut up when they are dried. I'm hoping I will be able
to find a herbalist or other people who want these herbs when
they are processed.
It took longer to harvest than just to clear, in my perception,
but it felt like a much more positive activity. I felt like I
was really learning from the orchard how to be a better human
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