- You could harvest last season's brassicas that are holding out through the winter (kale, collards, bok choi and others).
- You could have a nifty cold frame set-up that has been protecting your spinach, mustard greens & lettuces.
- You can grow indoors with lamps and sh-tuff.
- OR you can sneak into the forest and get yourself some nettles (amongst other edibles, but this posting will just discuss nettles.)
|New growth in mid-February|
- Minimal labour
- Gets you in a wild space (not always, they will grow anywhere that has disturbed soil, saw some in a neglected front yard in Mt Pleasant last week, true story)
- Provides opportunity to be unnecessarily secretive about your hidden patch
- Stings eventually become invigorating and addictive (like pleasant pins & needles that stick around for 24hrs)
- Nutritious beyond belief (the link compares nettles to kale - pretty sweet website for nutritional info)
- Incredibly adaptable to many common meals and easy to dry for future use in teas & soups, some folks make beer out of it
- It has incredible medicinal properties as well
|5 minutes of 'work' for three meals|
|Shrinks down when it cooks (make sure you cook it well if not blanching first, heat removes the sting!)|