***SPAM*** Re: Be careful on garden cleanup!

Luminita vollmer luminita.vollmer@gmail.com
Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:19:00 PDT
And here is the life as some of us know it! I cannot help myself and have
to share.
The stinging nettle - Urtica dioica - as the name tells us ( hives in Latin
is Urticaria ) gives us hives when touched. But it is one of the best food
we can eat. You cook it like you do spinach. One of those superfoods like
the yoke of the egg. I remember when I was 5-6-7 or so, my grandmother
would send me down to the meadow, by the creek, to pick nettle. Imagine my
hands - picking nettle bunches and bunches. I would bring it back, hands
red as the costume on Hell boy, and my grandmother cut it all, minced it
for the new ducklings to eat with cracked corn. But her hands never got
red. Not only - but when I would complain of knees hurting - we all had
arthritis in the family - she would grab a bunch and totally hit me with it
all over my body, until it was all red. I guess it was somehow like
tenderizing the meat. She said it helped with arthritis pain.

But there's a trick to it - the little sharp hairs on the stem don't bother
if you pick it up going in the direction they grow, as if they lay down
instead of pricking. It takes practice.

We had snow today, and the ground is still frozen. But I spy-ed a few
daffodils and blood root coming out. Also self quarantined!

Luminita, Zone4 and 5 days away from calendar spring

On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 4:48 PM Matt Knowles <matt@aestheticdesign.com>

> While we have have bees, thorns, nails, glass, poisonous salamanders and
> other things to be cautious of (unfortunately no hedgehogs) the one thing
> that gets me to put on gloves while gardening is stinging nettle. I had
> never come across it before moving to Ferndale, but one encounter
> permanently burned the identity of that plant into my brain.
> I’ll never forget the reaction of one friend who saw it in our yard,
> picked up a big handful thinking it was mint, and raised it to her nose for
> a sniff.
> I’m at home this week and using the time off to get some peas planted, and
> watch all of the bulbs I bought on the PBX growing in the greenhouse.
> If the daffodils blooming weren’t a great indicator that spring is quickly
> approaching, my favorite nursery just announced they’re open on Sundays
> again. There’s a reason to be optimistic.
> Now, how to get my seed starting supplies while I’m self quarantined...
> Matt Knowles
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