Nettles and Gooseberries

Meanwhile, at another client’s house, we were asked to clear a huge, invasive nettle patch. Now… this poses somewhat of a quandary for an environmentally friendly gardener:

  1. Nettles are just about the most wildlife friendly plant there is.
  2. Nettles are incredibly useful. (Soup, pesto, organic fertiliser, string – yes we did make nettle string with one of our school gardening clubs recently).
  3. Nettles are a sign of a healthy soil, replete with nitrogen.

However, we removed the majority of the nettles and the area we created freed up space for a mini fruit orchard into which we planted several gooseberries and black and white currant shrubs (in the more shady area).

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