I just received my stinging nettle seeds and need some advice on other plants that I could plant with it. I know its quite invasive! I am very new to permaculture but purchased the seeds because of its medicinal value and that its wonderful the soil:) I live in Zone 8b
Companion plants for nettles? Hmm...apparently almost anything. I'd suggest Jewelweed, it's beautiful and it off-sets the sting from Nettles, otherwise perhaps something that grows taller so you dont have to dig in a nettles patch to get the items.
I found this on youtube but I wasn't able to watch it due tomy limited bandwidth off-grid, but it's on the subject.
Hope this helps at least a little!
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Nettles are widespread in the uk. They colonise the broad leaf understory in my woodland and indicate a rich moist soil high in phosphate. They can pioneer in very heavy clay. Their roots are yellow and sucker making them invasive. The young tops are good to eat up to late spring when they become more woody. They are excellent insect habitat. They do tend to outcompete other herbaceous, however plants with a deep tap root that doesn't compete are seen naturally with them: dock, thistle, arum. Brambles can hold their own alongside. Trees like elderberry occur in my plot alongside, willow also. I have raspberries in my allotment doing great with small clumps of nettles that don't diminish the crop too bad. Small clumps provide enough nettles throughout the spring for me and my family. I tend to remove half to make nettle tea feed and the come back strong next year.
Bulbs such as snowdrops look great underneath in semi shade pear damp soil, they pop up in jan and finish before march nettles come.
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