May tips from the Secret Gardener

Stinging Nettles

The Common Nettle Urtica dioica has a vigorous spreading root system that brings a sinking feeling to most gardeners. Chemicals are often recommended to eradicate these troublesome weeds but that is a waste of a wonderful herb.

Nettles are important foodplants for the caterpillars of several butterflies and moths. They have also been grown in herb gardens for centuries and can provide many benefits for people too.

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