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Hi all, I'm a new member and have a patch in the middle of my garden where I have been trying to grow some fruit (about 13 ft by 9ft), unfortunately the patch is now almost completely covered in nettles, can anyone help with advice on the best way to remove these without losing my fruit plants at the same time?


  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Hi Boo 

    if you get some thick gloves on you could have a go at gently pulling them out at the root but be careful not to disturb your fruit plants too much. You could cut the nettles down first to make it easier but leave enough stalk to be able to get a good grip of them. 

    Alternatively you could just cut them down and keep them low for now. Then dig them out when your fruit trees have finished fruiting and the ground is softer.

    you can make plant food from nettles by leaving the nettles soaking in water for a few weeks. Great at this time of year for anything leafy that doesn't flower like herbs and some shrubs. Beware though, it honks! I stuff old tights with nettles and leave them in the water butt which avoids touching the stuff and straining nettle liquid. Works a treat!


  • BoooBooo Posts: 4
    Thanks for the advice Tootles, I shall have a go at pulling some out with thick gloves on, never knew they made good plant food. Will keep you updated on patch, thanks again, Booo.
  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    They have long yellow roots, you need to get it all out or they will regrow.

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403

    Hi I just keep lifting them out as I have had problems on one of my beds with nettles however they do make a good fertilizer for brasicas

    if you dig over your beds make sure you get every bit of root as it will come back

  • BoooBooo Posts: 4
    I'll go through carefully and look for the roots to get them all, thanks again.
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