200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
An Embarrassment of Riches
When my friend Linda was here, she identified a bunch of my mystery plants. Like this one, she pointed out, is stinging nettle. (Aha! So THAT's what made my thumb tingly and numb for an entire day!)
See the stingers on the stems?
And the stingers on the leaves?
As I walked the goats back and forth through the week, I noticed this "ground cover" around an apple tree looked newly familiar. Stinging nettle. Then I saw it near where the fire pit used to be. And more of it all over the orchard area.
I've got a TON of this stuff. It's growing in all the places that were disturbed last year. Time to do some internet research on how to get rid of it.
After reading about all the medicinal uses of this stuff, how it can be eaten, made into tea, astringent, diuretic, etc, etc, etc., I'm wondering if I should be harvesting it instead of trying to kill it. Do any of you folks do anything with stinging nettle?