Net­ting best for ap­ple pro­tec­tion

The Napier Mail - - WHAT’S ON - ROBERT GUYTON

so they can be­come the beau­ti­ful adults that add de­light to our gar­dens as they fly about in search of sting­ing net­tle. To har­vest, han­dle con­fi­dently – grasp­ing the net­tle as though you have no fear of it and it will be yours. Or wear gloves. Take the whole stem, but strip the leaves off first for soup or tea mak­ing. By the way, there are sev­eral va­ri­eties of sting­ing net­tle and our na­tive on­gaonga (Ur­tica ferox) is not one to be med­dled with. On­gaonga grows on the edges of na­tive for­est and is huge by com­par­i­son with com­mon ur­tica. I don’t rec­om­mend it for soup-mak­ing (or any­thing else re­ally) ex­cept ad­mir­ing from a safe distance! This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­

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