Urtica dioica

Nettle - Urtica dioica

Family: Nettle family (Urticaceae)
Short description: up to 50 cm high
Flowers: The flowers are green and numerous in panicles. The male inflorescences are hanging and the female are spangling. The plant is dioecious, that is why male and female flowers sitting on different plants.
Leaves: The leaves are oblong, roughly sawn, with burning hair and bristle hair and heart-shaped at the end. The leaves are oppositely.
Habitat: on nitrogen-rich soils, mostly in damp locations, roadsides, settlements, cultural companions
Collection time: from May to October
Use: The nettle contains many vitamins and provides mineral salts. Their ingredients have a detoxifying effect. This plant helps with inflammation of the bladder, kidney and urinary tract. However, it should be emphasized that the stinging nettle is a great help against rheumatism. Because the nettle tastes slightly sweet, it can be used well in the kitchen for many dishes. Because it - like many other herbs - contains no bitter substances, it is also eaten by children.
The stinging nettle can be incorporated into the pasta dough or dressed to pesto.
Although the nettle is so healthy, it should not be consumed in excess. To drink the tea should be limited to a maximum of 6 weeks, otherwise the kidneys could be too irritated.
But the stinging nettle can also be used in agriculture - as a fertilizer and as a pesticide against harmful insects.

Nettle liquid manure

Nettle, water

Fill a bucket with nettle and pour over water until covered. Then leave this bucket in the sun and stir the mixture every day. Important active ingredients are released into the water. Finally, the mixture begins to ferment and can be sieved. Now you can use this manure in a diluted form to pour the plants, the vegetables and herbs.