harvesting stinging nettles

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What I did this week:
On a chilly afternoon after 2 craft beer from Peach Pip Market my other Urban Farm Girl and me went to pick stinging nettles.

Reason:
Stinging nettles were on my radar as superfood, have healing properties and my personal best: it’s free and grows everywhere!

Mood when I started:
Cold and apprehensive, because we did not have good protective gear. It was a bit of a spontaneous idea. Turned out Marina had not met stinging nettle before and found out quickly why it was called “brandnetel” in both Dutch and Afrikaans.

What I learnt:
Browsing the web and reading Medicin Der Erde, the application possibilities of stinging nettle are endless. We will be exploring more in other blogs. Also, we were a bit late in season, a month or so earlier would have been a better yield of succulent young plants.

Mood when finished:
Despite the blisters on our hands we were delighted with the large volume and small effort it took to get it. And there’s plenty more!

Repeat worthiness:
Definitely going back, with rubber gloves next time!

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