RE: [fukuoka_farming] couch grass and nettles
- Nettle tea also makes a very good spray for the garden. Put a handful of nettles in a mesh bag and soak in a five gallon bucket for a few days, then dilute 1 part to 10 parts water and spray on plants. They are high in minerals, including silica which will help any plants struggling with disease or mineral dficiencies.
Malaspina University College
From: alice@... [mailto:alice@...]
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 12:29 AM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] couch grass and nettles
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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