When I was pregnant and post partem, I drank stinging nettle tea to support the kidneys and encourage lactation. I bought the herb then, but wanted to grow some. So when a volunteer appeared in my garden, I was thrilled, and I encouraged the small plant which was growing in a rather rough area, then collected seeds and scattered them under the espalier fruit orchard and the semi-dwarf apple tree.
Well, for some reason, they didn't grow there, but a patch started to grow in the corner of my veg garden. It's inconvenient because grass gets into that corner and it's hard to maintain.
So now I'm thinking of relocating the patch if I can... Especially since the nettle is starting to spread by underground rhizomes, and I can't really let the nettle have this garden bed. Last year, the cherry tomato vines got into the patch and it was nearly impossible to pick the fruits without wearing kitchen gloves. I got stung a couple of times.
Does anyone keep a nettle patch? Where would be the best location for it (if you don't have a remote area to devote to it?). I really want the patch to grow much bigger so I can use it for making fertilizer tea as well as for my own tea. Is under the fruit trees a good idea? I think it was mentioned as a good plant community combination, but the prickles could cause problems too.