Posted: 04/07/2015 at 09:06
if you get some thick gloves on you could have a go at gently pulling them out at the root but be careful not to disturb your fruit plants too much. You could cut the nettles down first to make it easier but leave enough stalk to be able to get a good grip of them.
Alternatively you could just cut them down and keep them low for now. Then dig them out when your fruit trees have finished fruiting and the ground is softer.
you can make plant food from nettles by leaving the nettles soaking in water for a few weeks. Great at this time of year for anything leafy that doesn't flower like herbs and some shrubs. Beware though, it honks! I stuff old tights with nettles and leave them in the water butt which avoids touching the stuff and straining nettle liquid. Works a treat!