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06/06/2014 at 10:22

Bizarre one this...last year I bought a small blackberry and raspberry bush. They both grew very well but as first season (I think correctly) they didn't bare any fruit...

However, this year, the raspberry bush is growing well, upto approx 3 feet so far but my blackberry bush looks very much like stinging nettles??? Is this right or has a wondering bird deposited some seed for me?!

Help very welcome

06/06/2014 at 10:34

Do you have a picture?

06/06/2014 at 10:43

You could stick your hand in them and see if they sting rather than just prickle you

06/06/2014 at 10:49

That would be conclusive wouldn't it Fleurisa

06/06/2014 at 10:52

I think simply googling picture of stinging nettles would be slightly less painful

06/06/2014 at 10:53

Post a picture we'll be able to tell you better!

06/06/2014 at 10:57

They definitely prickle!

2 minutes and I will add a photo

06/06/2014 at 11:09

Photo

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48345.jpeg?width=648&height=350&mode=max

 

06/06/2014 at 11:32

Nettles.

06/06/2014 at 11:46

Looks like nettles to me unfortunately.

Very healthy ones mark you!

06/06/2014 at 12:02

Poo - I thought so...

So where/how has this happened? IE where has the blackberry bush gone?

Also - is it worth keeping ?

06/06/2014 at 12:15

Its pretty hard to kill a blackberry. BUT it looks like you've done it. By now it would have new shoots , even if you had cut it down hard.  Nettles are good for compost or as food crop for butterfly caterpillars, but if you want blackberries you will have to start again.

06/06/2014 at 12:42

Damn, quite gutted.

I did add some bonemeal last summer, would that kill it?

How do I use for compost please?

06/06/2014 at 17:19

Nettles ,are good for compost they love to nestle in and grow like hell ,so make sure they are dead or Nettle tea is easy and full of nitrogen ,our allotment ladies had the most wonderful compost heap last year nettles 5 feet high,and roots just as long ,

06/06/2014 at 18:38

Cut all the nettles down or pull them out and cut off the root bit. put the leaves and stems in a bucket as much as you can get in. Fill with water, leave for a few weeks. It will stink and go brown.Dilute the brown stuff, a cupful to a 2 gallon watering can. Useful for brassicas or anything that likes a high nitrogen feed.  (use comfrey mix, made in same way for flowering plants.)

06/06/2014 at 19:36

I was over wintering agastache blue boa and then, suddenly,,brilliant new growth.  Nurtured it as it flourished.  .Touched it...yes, stinging nettle.  The foliage on this agastache is similar to the nettle.. 

06/06/2014 at 20:37

unfortunately if you get a crop of nettles they are veerrryyy hard to get rid of, but if you can afford the space let them be as they are good for butterflys and , if you know how, for a refreshing cuppa.

08/06/2014 at 10:03
I am tempted to keep them.. Do the spread easily as currently in a tub

But thinking nice supply for the bucket
08/06/2014 at 10:11

They'll seed LB but if you want to keep them under control take the flowerheads off before they set any seed. You'll have to be vigilant -it happens very quickly!

08/06/2014 at 11:07

L Bennett - I've also been nurturing nettles thinking they were something else.  Ha!  I've decided to keep them unless they spread like mad.  I also have some willow herb being cossetted as I thought they were something else as well..doing well this year on mistaken identity.  But I'm going to keep them alongside the nettles and pretend that my intention all along was to have a 'natural' area for wildlife!!!!!!

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