young codger

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Bug free healthy nettles

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:46

Forget soap suds and pesticides. Brown sticky tape!

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 14:04

The "active ingredient" in nettle stings is formic acid. I don't know if  that is the same chemical as what bees produce, but would no doubt produce the endorphins in the body if subjected to the same amount of sting/trauma 

Thinking about it now, I'm wondering if it was just the endorphins that helped me yesterday with the formic acid being the catalyst. Either way I'm still not feeling pain , and I'm going out on the bike again shortly without another dose. 

I can  imagine that trying to get bees to sting (treat) a specific part of the body is a bit more difficult than targeting the area with nettles. 

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:18

The netttles worked a treat. I went out on the bike afterwards as planned, and cycled over 17 miles, and no pain whatsoever which surprised me.

I understand it is not for everyone, and having masochistic tendencies can be a big help.

 About a year ago my doctor  diagnosed arthritis in my shoulder. (I already have scitatica from 10 years ago). These things may slow me down a bit, but I don't  let them stop me.

 If the shoulder becomes too troublesome I may be looking for a keen gardener  to come over to Rotherham and give me a good nettle whipping on the hard to reach areas.

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 14:32

Straight in at the deep end, and just before I set off on the bike. Just had a go at knee nestling.  Feels  good-pleasant & warm, especially now that the endorphins have kicked in 😉

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Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 13:49

The link above mentions a few options to try. I think I will experiment with stinging nettles on the affected knee first, and see how that works.


Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 12:55

I think that if we are in pain we will consider most options to eleviate it.

What are your suggestions of plants/herbs (to eat not smoke) that have helped with joint pain, in my case knee joint pain?

Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 13:29

After the rapid response by BobTheGardener in identifying this plant (large virtual cigar on it`s way)  I read up about it on Wiki. In reference to the aniseed flavour, there is some reference to the alcoholic drink absinthe. France also gets a mention, and I would not be surprised if Fennel is used in the production of Pernod.

Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 13:25

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Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:30

While going around the local market recently, I saw what looked like some kind of onion. However, when I asked the stall holder what they were called, she could not remember.

Anyone on here know what they are?

Talkback: Nettles

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:10
Gardeners' World Web User says:
A daft question.............can you buy NETTLE seeds from garden centres. I rather like the idea of growing pots of the stuff, to make up a liquid feed, after the butterflys have done their thing with them! See original post

 I would say it is not a daft question at all. What I would say is, it is much easier to dig up some established plants ensuring you get the root of course. If you can get them with soil still attached it is even better. Sometimes it is possible to simply pull them from their growing location without the roots snapping, without the need for a spade.

 Trim the tops if they are long.The tops will invariably die off regardless, but that is not an issue at all. Put each plant in a pot (I use 2Lt size) of basic garden soil. Water from the bottom, and keep them in a light area, (but out of the sun until the new shoots start growing).

For your purpose, once well established in the plant pots I would transfer in to planters. Keep damp throughout the hot weather of course.

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