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Nettles in sheep poo.

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  • #257899
    Steve ThomasSteve Thomas
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    I’ve about 1m3 of sheep poo that was collected from under a shearing shed a while ago.

    Now that spring is here, nettles have sprung up from the pile , quite prolifically I might add.

    At the moment it’s just a big pile, burning a hole in my lawn I’m sure. I plan on it going into the compost then the garden.

    Will the composting process prevent the nettles coming once in the garden?

    #533748
    BelBel
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    It depends if the nettles have set seeds or not and how hot your compost is. If you pull out the nettles only and they don’t have seeds, they should break down nicely in the compost and not grow again. If they have set seed or if you plan on composting the manure as well, then you’ll need a hot compost system (a full compost pile of at least 1 m3). The hot compost will kill any seeds and stop them germinating. Did you know you can cook and eat nettles? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from River Cottage uses them a fair bit. You can also make beers etc. You might also consider soaking your nettles/manure in a bin of water which will drown any seeds and also make a very potent and healthy weed/manure tea for your garden. Make sure you dilute it before you use it though.

    #533749
    Hummer HumbugHummer
    Keymaster

    I would use the nettles to make a nice & healthy pot of herbal tea for myself.. nettle is an effective blood cleanser, among other things :tup:

    #533750
    Steve ThomasSteve Thomas
    Member

    Tea eh?

    Mmmm

    Thanks for he ideas more reading.

    #533751
    SnagsSnags
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    Nettles are gold

    I wish I had some

    http://oregonbd.org/Class/accum.htm

    #533752
    Hummer HumbugHummer
    Keymaster

    Snags post=358244 wrote: Nettles are gold

    I wish I had some

    Yes they are!

    #533753
    calliecatcalliecat
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    I’d be specifically planting any that came up

    #533754
    GirlFridayGirlFriday
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    Perhaps solarising the pile with black plastic might reduce the risk of them popping up where you dont want them to. I made the mistake of planting a clump in my vege patch- damn things spread by runners- EVERYWHERE!

    #533755
    Steve ThomasSteve Thomas
    Member

    Thanks folks, tastey or not they are a weed to me (any unwanted plant, even a “good one” in the wrong place is a weed)

    Started stacking the hot compost yesterday, sheep poo, horse poo and wood shavings, lawn clippings, kitchen waste, then the rain came. And it hasn’t quit long enough to get out again. Tomorrow perhaps.

    Thanks again for the tips.

    #533756
    fruitfulfruitful
    Member

    Apparently where nettle grows you can be assured you have good soil. I’ve been discovering the benefits of stinging nettle over the last few years and have started harvesting the leaves every year and drying them. This year I found out that as a tea stinging nettle gives good relief for hayfever and so I haven’t bought any medication for our hayfever which has presented us with quite a savings this year. I wish I’d realised that earlier because I would have tripled my efforts back at harvest time. It is also a good source of iron and I find that by drinking it daily I do not feel tired like I used to. I also dry them out completely and crush them into powder and use as a flavouring in foods, it tastes really nice in egg dishes, casseroles, pasta – well everything really. The sting of the nettle is also apparently soothed by the mallow plant that often appears growing nearby so I’ve heard. After picking it for a few years now the sting is much more mild to me and I don’t even need gloves when picking leaves.

    Isabel Shippard has much of this information and more at her herb site here:

    http://herbsarespecial.com.au/isabells_blog/nettle-many-uses-many-benefits.html

    #533757
    VanessaVanessa
    Member

    Girl Friday are you talking about Nettles, because the ones I have spread by seeds, they dont spread by runners at all.

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