I et par år har Uglemor høstet nælder for at væve, spinde tråd eller måske sno reb af dem. Det er bare aldrig sket, men nu har Pia fra Colour Cottage lavet en Nettle-along, og Uglemor deltager. Derfor kommer vi nu ud på en foto-safari i Ugleboets mindre charmerende hjørner. Det er der nælderne gror, nemlig.
Forbered jerpå et billed- og ordrigt indlæg. Uglemor viser billeder, fortæller og tænker.
For some years now MotherOwl has been harvesting nettles with the express purpose of making yarn, rope, fabric ... something fibre-y from them. It never happened. But now Pia from Colour Cottage is hosting a Nettle-along, and MotherOwl is participating. Today you're in for a tour of the less charming nooks and crannies of the Owlery, because that is where nettles grow.
Prepare yourself for a word and picture heavy post. MotherOwl shows photos, tells about them, and thinks out loud.
Gad vide hvordan man egentlig skelner liden nælde fra brændenælde (stor nælde) Ok let - afrundede blade er den lille, spidse den store. Det har betydning, for den lille skulle ikke give ordentlige fibre.
Alle dem i hækken er brændenælder. Bare se på nærbilledet nedenunder.
First stop the hedge behind the dome-greenhouse. It has not been cut - but the birds still have youngs in their nests. They're not very tall, MotherOwl hopes they are all stinging nettles, as the smaller cousin does not yield as good fibres, and only the best is good enough for a first try.
Problem solved. Dwarf nettle has rotund leaves, stinging nettle has pointed leaves. These are all of the stinging variety.
Look at this close up:
Lad os fortsætte -- Let's continue.
Next stop is the old outhouse. Here the nettles thrive, a danger to
Owlets hanging up clothes. MotherOwl stands under our clothes line
snapping this photo.
And all the nettles here have pointed leaves as well. If the Owlets do not complain over-much, they will be harvested as they start wilting. That should be the very best time.
Here in the corner behind the outhouse we also find the nettles MotherOwl harvested last spring. They should be ready for use by now.
This is MotherOwl's wood turning supply. On top of the tarpaulin lies yesterdays meagre harvest.
Kentucky hemp (Urtica cannabina) - at least MotherOwl hopes so. Their job is to grow and multiply and make lots of fibres.