It's nettle time again! After nearly three weeks of April sun, my fields are parched and dry, and the frosty nights mean the grass has still not come through. But the wind changed slightly on Sunday, bringing a rain shower on warmer winds, and in anticipation of the first flush of grass, I have been brewing up nettle and goosegrass tea.
Luckily nettles and goosegrass ( or cleavers, or stickyweed - whatever you choose to call it) grow together, and it takes no time to pick a bucketfull. Onto these I poured a kettle of hot water, and left them to brew all day. By evening, I strained off the juice, and used that to soak a couple of handfuls of dried grass each for the ponies. I will probably do this every day this week. At this time of year, this is a good detox and 'pick me up' for them, particularly any who are prone to laminitis, and they all enjoy it.
Everybody drained their buckets!
And at home, in the kitchen, we had lentil and nettle curry, and we too cleaned our plates. But I have had to point out (again) to my smallest son that you CANNOT eat everything that grows, as he was sent home from school yesterday for eating daffodil flowers in the playground. Thankfully he was none the worse for it :)