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Harvesting Stinging nettle root

 
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So I found a field of stinging nettle but they are pretty mature and flowering. I want to harvest the root but every time I pull up the plant, the whole things comes out of the ground so easily with the roots still in the ground. Is there a method for harvesting the roots? I want to be able to take out the whole plant so I know I am getting stinging nettle root and not the roots of another plant. Any ideas?
 
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Location: Blue Island, Illinois - Zone 6a - (Lake Effect) - surrounded by zone 5b
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Use a garden fork to loosen the soil surrounding the nettles. Then you should be able to lift the whole plant out, with roots, and shake off excess soil. - Joe


 
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