Vegetables and Fruit forum: Vegetable garden experiment success

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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jun 18, 2017 5:03 PM CST
Hi everyone.

I have been posting a lot about my Nettle water experiment. I can now tell you it was a SUCCESS.

Here is the full story. I found an article on my churches genealogy site that stated nettle water helps plants grow to large sizes. To quote the article, "cauliflower so big you can't find a bag big enough to go around it and cucumbers 40 cm long."

I experimented with it by ordering dried nettle leaves on the internet. I let them ferment for a couple days and watered the plants with one part nettle water and ten parts regular water daily.

It showed some results the first few weeks, then I lowered it to once a week with the nettle water.

After one week of switching it to once a week with the nettle water, my Cauliflower grew to the size the article stated. It was 1 3/4 pounds. I also grew a 2.5 pound cabbage with the Nettle water. My tomatoes also showed signs of significant growth as did a lot of my other veggies. I have evidence of it, pictures I took of the plants each week.

The experiment was a success. I would post the pictures, but my laptop is out of commission.

Anyway, that's all! What do you think?

Jared
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
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Toni
Jun 18, 2017 5:42 PM CST
That is AWESOME! I can't wait to see pictures. I have nettle planted around my rhubarb hoping it will help the rhubarb grow.... but that isn't working, it just makes it very difficult to get into harvest the rhubarb D'Oh!
Toni
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Name: ET
Seattle
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ETSC10
Jun 18, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Great news as nettles are a native plant here in the Pacific Northwest!

Besides finding a great new use for this plant, it's also one of my favorites for foraging. If picked young and steamed they are not only delicious but very nutricious..especially in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin A. Great for bone health (and probably explains its success in the garden).
... and no worries..they lose theirs sting once cooked! Green Grin!

Here's a little info from the web:
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jun 18, 2017 7:15 PM CST
That is great! I have been following this thread, and learned something new. I wouldn't know a stinging nettle if I sat in it, but it might be worth it to buy on line, just to do my own test. Thumbs up
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jun 23, 2017 11:18 AM CST
Hi everyone.

Here Is a pic, I got them to work. I went to the store today and looked at all the Cauliflower they had. None of them were as big as this one. On the scale I had it weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces.



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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Jun 29, 2017 8:29 PM CST
That is a BEAUTY of a cauliflower!
I have not been successful growing it yet. I Sooo want to. I will try again this fall. My fingers are crossed.
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am

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