Answer: Glad you enjoyed Charlie's appearance on VPR - I'll pass your comment along! It sounds like he didn't mention control of stinging nettle, though. The good news is that they indicate yours is a rich, moist, fertile soil! There isn't a fast organic solution, but at least it works: use a sharp, long handled hoe to cut the plant below the soil line, and/or dig out the root masses with a fork and thick gloves. Dry roots and plant in the sun before composting them. Be vigilant and continue this practice throughout the summer until you exhause the roots' ability to send up new plants. Other than that, you can cut them once and cover the area with boards or layer upon layer of thick mulch. Also, if the sheep are rotationally grazed in small paddocks, they may still shun the nettles as food, but will probably trample them to bits. Research with grazing rotation shows that when done properly, you can acheive the desired mix of nutritious pasture plants and eliminate "weeds". If you want more info on rotational grazing, let us know!
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