Posted: 11/06/2012 at 16:19
I get stung regularly too and whilst it helps with arthritic bits in my hands it does nothing for my arthritic spine. Arthritis is also hereditary and not inevitable. After a day among nettles, thistles and sticky bud I get a fine itchy rash up my arms and take an anti-histamine to help.
Other than that, nettles form only part of the jig saw required to make up a wildlife friendly garden. I have nectar plants, a pond, shrubs for birds to perch, feeders all year round, nest boxes, an insect hotel, a pond, wood piles and I leave seed heads on most perennials till spring as these provide food for birds. I also use wildlife friendly slug pellets instead of the nasty metaldehyde version.