Monday, September 24, 2018

Stinging Nettle Video — The Most Nutritious Plant On Earth?

Stinging Nettle — The Most Nutritious Plant On Earth?

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is plant whose edible, medicinal, and utilitarian benefits typically surpass those of other wild species. In this video, we discuss all things stinging nettle — including proper identification, look-alikes, medicinal properties, and more!

Sunday, September 23, 2018


STINGING NETTLE  - Urtica dioica

Stinging Nettle offers extraordinary nutrition, both for plants and humans.  The nettles plant provides edible, medicinal, and utilitarian benefits, surpassing those of other wild plant species.  
Stinging Nettle grows in the wild throughout the US, especially in areas with regular rainfall. Nettles are partial to rich, moist to wet soil, and may also be found deep in the woods, or even on roadsides. They can be very successful weeds, tolerating a wide range of soil conditions.

This herb is extraordinarily rich in nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, oligoelements, enzymes, and trace minerals, especially iron.
The herb acquired its name because of its sting, which doesn't last more than a few hours, but is highly irritating. You don't want to brush up against a nettle plant, because they will definitely let you know who they are - Stinging Nettle. Gloves are advised when harvesting, and/or digging up a plant to transplant to your garden. Best to plant in an out of the way area that you do not have to closely pass by very often.  
How to Use Nettle in the Garden
Stinging nettles seems to stimulate the "immune system" of plants, by providing good balanced nutrition, which makes them more resistant to insect and disease attacks. 
For those unable to forage seaweeds from the beach, stinging nettle is the answer for making compost and tea for the garden.
Stinging Nettle Tea for your Plants
How to make Nettle Tea - purin-d'ortie
1. Use a large container, such as a large plastic garbage can and cover with a lid. Need to use a non-chlorinated water, such as from a rainbarrel. Chlorine inhibits the fermentation of the tea. 
2. Cut fresh nettles tops at about half their height. Mix the cuttings with water in the can.

3. Mix one gallon of water with every pound of fresh nettles (or with every 2 ounces of dried nettles).  Keep covered with lid. Fermented nettle tea has a very strong odor.  Allow the nettles to brew/ferment from one to three weeks, depending on the ambient temperature. The hotter it is, the quicker the process. Note: place can in shade during the summer to prevent the mixture from overheating and killing the necessary fermenting bacteria. When the fermentation has ceased, the tea is ready. Stir the mixture to test this. Cover your nose, or turn head away to avoid the fumes, then quickly peak at the mixture. If there are no more bubbles, then the fermentation is complete.

4. Strain the tea as soon as the fermentation has stopped. Store the infusion in clean plastic or glass containers in a cool spot and label well. It is ready for use as an herbicide, or dilute to use for foliar feeding or as a nutritional soil drench.

Use Diluted Nettle tea as a 
Supplementary Plant Food
Nettle tea must be diluted before using as a foliar feeding spray or applied as a nutritional soil drench.
To dilute the tea for soil applications - dilute to a 10% solution (1 cup of original infusion to 10 cups of water)
To dilute the tea for foliar feeding -  dilute to a 5% solution (1 cup of original infusion to 20 cups of water)
Use Undiluted Nettle tea as a Organic Herbicide
Undiluted nettle tea can be used as an organic herbicide. Use the undiluted nettle tea on actively growing weeds, and two weeks later, the weeds will be gone and the ground will be richly fertilized and ready for planting.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Interesting Facts About Lemons


Lemons are available year-round on your lemon trees in and around Sacramento and the central valley. They are at their peak in May, with a whole new crop that can stay on your tree, just for the picking when you need them. So, don't strip your tree when the new crop comes on and you will never have to buy another lemon.

You can grow Eureka and Lisbon lemons and also the relatively sweet Meyer varietiy. It is really nice to have a Meyer and another variety as well.

Lemons are citrus fruits and a good source of vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant that helps to keep the immune system strong.

You can use both the flesh and the peel (as a zest if the lemon is organic) in all types of dishes. The juice from a Meyer lemon is wonderful in a Caesar Salad dressing made from scratch. Or you may want to bake with them, as in a Lemon Olive Oil Cake or Lemon Cookies.

Lemons are also a wonderful resource as a natural cleaning product for your home. Try using lemon halves before bringing out possibly toxic chemical cleaners. You can use them as a bleaching agent on clothing.
Clean your tea kettle or coffee pot with lemons.
For mineral deposit build up in your tea kettle, fill the kettle with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well. For coffee pots, add ice, salt and lemon rinds to the empty pot. Swish and swirl for a minute or two, dump, and rinse.

Lemons are very effective in removing grease from your stove and countertops.
Sprinkle some salt (for abrasion) on a juiced lemon half and rub on the greasy areas and wipe up with a towel. Note: Be careful using lemon on marble counter tops, or any other surface which may be sensitive to acid.

Add 2 Tbsp lemon juice to 10 drops of (real) lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil to clean and polish wood furniture.

Do a little search and you can find many more uses for lemons!