The nettles that Farmer Sergio brought over a few weeks back are a fermenting in rainwater – I took a peek, er, whiff yesterday. Gooey, gagging, goodness. MMMMMM or ACK?
When applying the stinky sludge in the garden I would advise wearing old clothes and having some vinegar or lemon juice on hand to take the horrid smell off your hands – cuz it really lingers, believe me. Last year I accidentally tipped over a bucket filled with fermenting nettle goop and it stunk up the entire yard – wasn’t very pleasant I assure you. Justin came over and asked “what died?” Yeah, funny guy.
Last Sunday Sergio brought three more bags (traded this batch for a Gardening By the Moon Calendar-2010 are now in stock so you can get your own to help with planting your garden)
Going to “brew” some more nettle goop for the garden and boost the nitrogen naturally!
In France making nettle “manure” for the garden is like a national past time!
Nettles to the Rescue
Partaking of nettles in every possible way seems to verge on an act of patriotism for the French. There is an Association des Amis d’Ortie (Association of the Friends of the Nettle) who have annual meetings, and of course, the requisite Fête des Orties, or nettle festival, where you can listen to lectures, meet with other impassioned nettle users, and of course, indulge in nettle gastronomy.
…..In France, bodies of serious research exist supporting the various benefits of applying nettle tea to your plants. Much as is the case for kelp emulsion, nettle tea seems to stimulate the “immune system” of plants, making them more resistant to insect and disease attacks. Perhaps this effect is due to no more than the fact that the plant is in a state of optimal and balanced nutrition.
“Mysteriously” Banned in France: Nettles, Hot water and Indispensable Garden Tips
….Ahead of us, Mr. Pott turned around abruptly to warn us of the smell. “Thanks for the warning,” I said, as I repressed projectile vomiting a gag. He apologized and told us it was his purin d’orties. (nettles “manure” or fertilizer. It’s nettles soaked in rainwater.). I’d never heard about it. He mentioned that it not only was a natural insecticide that works but it was also a nutritious fertilizer “tea” for garden vegetables.
Upon further research, I found out that nettles is somewhat of universal super miracle ingredient being beneficial (even curative) to allergies and health problems, as well as serving as sort of a magical elixer in the garden. You can also cook it like spinach for a vitamin rich delish potage or other dish. There are undoubtedly endless uses for this undeservedly maligned weed.
Nettles fertilizer is so effective that it’s probably better than anything you can buy at the garden store. But it has so many more uses. How do people love nettles? Let them count the ways:
1) Dilute your nettles fertilizer “tea” and spray it on your plants for a safe insecticide that knows how to get rid of the bad bugs and keep the good ones (especially good for veggies like tomatoes);
2) If sprayed, it will also be a foliar fertilizer rich in iron, vitamin C, nitrogen, beta-carotene, B complex vitamins, phosphorous potassium, oligoelements, enzymes, chlorophyll, magnesium, calcium, silica, iodine, and amino acids. You can also enrich the soil by directly watering the ground around your plants;
3) The diluted fertilizer is known to stimulate your plants immune system, building their resilience to diseases and insects;
4) Undiluted nettles tea is a very impressive natural weed killer that will not harm your health, the soil or the environment;