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Organic Nettle
Organic Nettle

Easy to grow edible & medicinal perennial.

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nvaluable food and medicine, Nettle is native to temperate climates worldwide. We celebrate Nettle as it emerges first thing in spring, its green bean-flavored leaves steamed or sautéed a delicacy to savor. Rich in trace minerals and potassium, Nettle is well known as a blood cleanser and blood builder, as well. We prefer to eat nettle between 4 and 10 inches tall and we harvest with our bare hands, using scissors to snip leaves and entire stems into baskets. The stinging hairs are immediately dissolved with heat or drying. Nettle will grow 4 feet tall.
We also dry leaves for winter tea and make Nettle leaf tincture to take every day to reduce our seasonal allergies.
Biodynamic gardeners use Nettle to increase the potency of neighboring herbs and stimulate humus formation. Nettle is also used as a liquid fertilizer supplying a broad spectrum of micronutrients including magnesium, sulfur and iron.
Any way you use Nettle, be sure to harvest it before flower for optimum flavor, nutrition and medicinal qualities.

340 days to first harvest
Urtica dioica

Planting: Direct sow in fall or very early spring, pressing in or barely covering with soil. Chill the seeds in your freezer for 2 weeks to maximize germination. Alternatively, start transplants 6-8 weeks before last frost and set out after frost. Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart. Nettle prefers rich soil that is perpetually moist in full sun or partial shade. Choose your spot carefully: the spreading rhizomes sting as well as the leaves. Nettle prefers damp, rich soil with high Nitrogen content; sunny streambeds and the leaky side of your lushest compost bin are perfect places for your Nettle patch. Nettle is an indicator of very fertile soil and potentially disturbance where it volunteers.

Seed Saving: Nettle is dioecious with both male and female plants. Be sure to plant enough to have plenty of both! The females have a hanging 2-3 inch series of flowers at the base of each upper petiole; look for dry seed in August, just be sure to use gloves.

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Getting Established December 6, 2017
Reviewer: Daniel Brockett from Leechburg, PA United States  
Good germination and vigorous growth this year, looking forward to harvests for years to come.

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Slow to germinate but so fast to grow December 4, 2017
Reviewer: Anya Zelinska from New York, NY United States  
I got so much nettle from just one plant - growing beautifully even in a shaded spot. And the tomato plant growing next to it was loving its neighbor! I kept harvesting it all summer and fall - for salads, teas, bath soaks, kombucha infusions and healing salves. One of my new favorite plants!

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Organic Nettle November 18, 2017
Reviewer: janice jones from canandaigua, NY United States  
planted the seedlings, but, honestly have not had the time to even check on them

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