Posted: 07/08/2013 at 11:59
Surely it is nettles which have shallow roots, not brambles? Certainly the ones I have are like that. I have taken out bramble roots which went down 3 feet and were over six feet long! Looked a bit like giant parsnips. Pity there isn't a category for them in the local flower & veg shows, mine would be definite winners!
Nettle roots are like yellow spaghetti, usually shallow rooted and form interlocking mats of roots making them tricky to pull out. The lighter the soil the easier it is.
Nettles sting and you are bound to get stung when dealing with them so keep some anti-histamine handy if you react badly to it. Brambles will rip and tear your skin, opening it up to soil bacteria leading to infections (1st hand experience, 9 weeks of antibiotics to sort it out). It really pays to wrap up well when dealing with either to avoid damaging yourself. Personal favourites are welders gauntlets.