A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

Gathering Nettles With Help

Our crop of stinging nettles has grown exponentially over the past few years, and we covet the bounty. We picked a pound or so today for a batch of nettle wine (recipe to come; same basic procedure as with mint wine) with some extra to dehydrate for tea. Any work in the barnyard brings a troop of helpers.

The goats and sheep keep all greens in the field finely mowed, with the exception of the stinging nettles. Since goats happily munch roses, blackberry brambles, and poison oak, I doubt the stingers deter them, yet they ignore them nonetheless and instead keep them fertilized and without weedy competition.

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  1. February 8, 2015    

    We don’t have nettles where we live, but mint wine? I’ll have to try that this spring, we have a ton of it and I think we have wine yeast too!

    • February 8, 2015    

      It’s definitely one of our most successful wines, and was also the easiest to make! Basically fermented mint tea. Plus, who’s ever short on mint?!


I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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