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.

-Via French Gardening

“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;

Via Why Travel to France


  1. Chris says:

    Thanks, that slipped my mind! Good info! C

  2. Charles says:

    Thanks for the garden tip. But where does one find nettles? Can they be easily grown in any garden?

  3. Sadie says:

    In plants: it activates a balanced immune response giving the plant resistance and vigor.

    In humans: It induces a balanced immune response or more importantly corrects an IMBALANCED immune response (ie allergies, ADHD, diabetes, vaccine reactions, etc). Below is an article by Grey Kelly (

    The French banned it because it is so useful that it is a threat to the “chemical” plant product business.

    The FDA did the same here with colloidal silver.

  4. Lynn says:

    Hi saw this about nettel tea for plants and wondered how he ssafely collected it without being stung????
    Have read someplace years ago that other “weeds” that pull out and soak in water and then pur tea on soil will help reduce the weeds as the nutrients they are able to pull up are then put into soil and other plants can do better there,
    (Does that make sense).
    Nettles are usually around damp areas, drainage, arroya…
    I sometimes react when tea, might try cooked, heard was used for animal fed hay after tried, but remeber it has lots of nitrogen.(also a fiber after retted)
    Thank you for any info about how to collect

    • suzanne says:

      wear rubber gloves..

  5. Sue Charboneau says:

    We used to “whack” the nettles down with a machette, let them wilt slightly,then you can pick them up no sting.Our horses Loved them!But Dad would make nettle tea just like you all do. We would pick them young and Mom would saute them real quick and eat them with a little olive oil and vinegar better than spinach!

  6. Handful says:

    Interesting. I have a large “crop” of nettles under the bridge back by the creek. I will try this coming summer.

    Charles – you crack me up! Sorry but I never knew anyone who tried to grow them on purpose. They sting like the dickins!

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  8. Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm says:

    Very interesting post! I need someting organic to kill cabbage worms. I also need a good organic fertilizer. I might look into growing myself a nettle patch.

    Thanks for the info.

  9. Meri says:

    This is great!

    What variety of nettle do you use? In what zones is it found?

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    Do you have to use fresh nettle or could you use dried?

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    I tried making comfrey tea once and using it in my garden. I had trouble applying it because I was dry-heaving the whole time. Then my garden smelled like death for a week or two and for a couple hours after each rain.

    I decided buying fish emulsion was a better option for me 🙂

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