Nicole Alderman wrote:I had no idea one could do something like this. Makes me wonder if horsetails could be made into a 'crete. How's your nettlecrete holding up?
Sadly I have no idea as I had to move to another part of the country. Where I have moved to initially had no nettles! Now after improving the soil have they only just started to arrive, the previous place was a chicken farm and then a sheep pasture so it shows me they really are an indicator plant. Sadly I dont have the space to grow lots of nettles now so apart from a small test block I doubt I can make a structure again.
If anyone wants to explore this idea more some interesting things to consider might be:
The chemistry of the plant before and after flowering as the nettles should be more saliceous after flowering.
Land area needed for a nettle block. I think it was a few square meters.
Inclusion of leaves perhaps it doesnt have as much tensile strength but does it matter?
Also I always thought it would be interesting to take a 'turf' of nettles to a site roll it out and grow the nettles harvest them and process them onsite for the building there. However its probably not too practical.
My guess is horsetail would work but it might be less strong than nettle. Why not give it a go? When they do hempcrete they dont use it for load bearing walls so the horsetail crete could well have some applications.