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Are those ARIATS in your photo??? I'm an Ariat addict...
HAHAHAHA, goodness no..I wish. Those are some el cheapo boots my mom bought for me to knock around the farm in. And she must thing I'm still 14 because it's like baby blue flowers on the upper part of the boot. I normally wear steel toed boots around the horses but they started hurting my back so switched it up to see if it would get better. I was trying to get a pic of that plant next to my jeans so it would stand out better. LOL!

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Can anybody tell for sure if those pics I posted are stinging nettle? If nobody can tell I'm gonna dig it up (cause it won't 'pull' up...stuck in the ground strong) and drag it down to the Agricultural office just to be 100% sure.
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HAHAHAHA, goodness no..I wish. Those are some el cheapo boots my mom bought for me to knock around the farm in. And she must thing I'm still 14 because it's like baby blue flowers on the upper part of the boot. I normally wear steel toed boots around the horses but they started hurting my back so switched it up to see if it would get better. I was trying to get a pic of that plant next to my jeans so it would stand out better. LOL!
I love boots... I'm a complete boot whore. And Ariats are by far my faves. I had a great pair of composite toe boots that were really nice for around the horses. They hurt, though!

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Can anybody tell for sure if those pics I posted are stinging nettle? If nobody can tell I'm gonna dig it up (cause it won't 'pull' up...stuck in the ground strong) and drag it down to the Agricultural office just to be 100% sure.
Sorry about the boot segway... Those look almost identical to the ones my mom grew, BUT, plants often look a bit different out here due to the fact that there isn't much water. They tend to grow more compact. I love the extension offices for IDing stuff.
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Yeah in england they grow every were .A tip on touching/handling them without a sting. The tiny hairs only grow 1 direction , brush up on the leaf = sting . brush downwards = no sting .

But yeah i def will be trying nettles as a food source nxt summer.
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Back home we were always told to rub Dock leaves on the rash after being stung. It still hurt so im not sure if that was a myth or not ha ha

I think the nettle plant has to be the ugliest plant ever !

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So I purchased some from RavensGate on here and my shrimp love it. I dropped it in about 2 hours ago and they are still going nuts.

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YAY! Pics!!!! I never think to take pics of mine eating and half the time they drag it behind a plant and I can't see them with it.

Glad to see they are liking it. I can't wait for Spring time now that I know where the plants are. I'm sure it's going to be WAY yummier in the Spring than it is late fall
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So I purchased some from RavensGate on here and my shrimp love it. I dropped it in about 2 hours ago and they are still going nuts.

Is it Fresh one ?
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Well as fresh as it can be for USPS not delivering in a timely manner (been in the mail since last monday and arrived today I believe). I pick fresh and ship the same day. But this morning I checked one pasture and the larger leaves were starting to wither and die. Not sure if it's the end of the growing season or what but I'm going to check my main large patches in another pasture tomorrow to see. The smaller leaves looked fine, just the older leaves were looking pretty bad even since last week when I was picking so many.
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Is it Fresh one ?
Yeh they came fresh. I put the rest of them in the freezer and will be blanching each week. My shrimp seem to love this much better than spinach.
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Thought I'd resurrect this thread instead of creating a new one.

The pot of nettle I posted in October 2012 is now out-of-control:



That's TWO WEEKS of growth. I trimmed it all the way down just two weeks ago.
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For the record: I'm still reeling from accidentally brushing into the plant a little bit ago.

Learn from my mistake, folks, look but don't touch! Ha.
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Cool!

I use to hate these plants as a kid growing up, having my fair share of brushups with them obviously. Just so you all know, you can actually touch the plant with the palm side of your hands and the needles won't pierce through. Don't try with any other part of your body. Touch at your own risk of course .

Time to go looking for some at the local park now. haha
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If you live in area that has Asian's grocery don't bother growing it. I buy it from my local grocery for about $1.25 for a big bundle that could last the shrimp months (depending on the population and how much you feed). I feed 1-2 leaves every other days.
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Cool!

I use to hate these plants as a kid growing up, having my fair share of brushups with them obviously. Just so you all know, you can actually touch the plant with the palm side of your hands and the needles won't pierce through. Don't try with any other part of your body. Touch at your own risk of course .

Time to go looking for some at the local park now. haha
They taste very good with Vietnamese noodle =) Try it very minty flavor.
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It's all fun and games until you accidentally brush your face into it while watering your other plants.

CookieM: I agree with you on the flavor - it's great in soups.
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