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stinging nettle as a farm crop - permaculture!

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Published on Mar 26, 2011

http://www.permies.com

Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski is a popular permaculture instructor well known as a first class wildcrafter. Skeeter shows off a patch of stinging nettle he is growing intentionally. This is in the fall. He talks about getting three crops out of this patch each year. First, a crop of edible leaves; then a crop of seeds (urinary tract medicine) and finally a crop of root cuttings (prostate medicine). He says that he gets about ten bucks a pound for stinging nettle root cuttings and the small patch will produce about 35 pounds.

Skeeter says that stinging nettles are a dynamic accumulator, accumulating iron and other minerals.

Music by Jimmy Pardo

Comments • 36

logos2600
apparently root = rut
Welshboyuk Jones
Rik cutting did you say what's that? I'm asking cause I want to grow extra nettles would be good if you done a vid on that I can't seem to find one anywhere, good vid by the way
trackerbignose
Does skeeter prefure a specific nettle sub species, or should I just shoot for as native as possible?
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One Woman & Two Acres
I would do this but I'm such a klutz! I'd be using up all the other herbs I plan on growing just to get the sting out! Just doing my first small attempt at hugelkultur and it was back breaking!
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Jamie Wallace
Excellent video on a plant which is often shunned...I'll be growing some next year. Thanks for posting this Paul Wheaton...
smartpeeple
Very cool - where does he sell it -- who does he sell it to?
Jefferdaughter
I recall reading years ago that nettles had been tried as a 'regular' commercial crop, but that it would not grow in ordinary crop fields, (at least not well) apparantly because the soil in the conventional commercial ag fields was not high enough. Dried nettles also make great forage/hay for livestock. (The sting is neutralized by drying.)
zigzagjoe69
why not just take nettles from about 10km away? theyre free
healingbyGod
Your videos are fabulous!
healingbyGod
Do you have videos explaining on how you earn from the weeds. What places pay you for the plants? I live on a small ranch and would like to supplement my income via gardening. I am retired on a low, fixed income and really need to find ways to have the land bring me in an income. All adice very much welcomed
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