Category Archives: Gardening Poetry

Stinging Nettle Poem

This stinging nettle poem talks about cleaning up the nettle stalks in the middle of winter AND still getting stung even though they are mostly dead.  Here and there some of the dead stalks have some green leaves on them which can sting.  Even at 26 degrees there are some new stinging nettle plants growing right next to the ground–see pic below.  The nettle plants are so low I would think they are somewhat protected from the freezing cold temperatures.  They also can sting.  Who would think in the middle of winter you can still get stung by stinging nettle–but it is true!

I cut out the dead stalks to throw them in the trash. Not in my compost or in my hugelkultur beds because they are so tenacious and will still grow.  Last year I put cut stalks in my hugelkultur row and, lo and behold nettle starting growing there.  I am trying to keep the nettle somewhat contained so kids don’t get stung by it and so the nettle doesn’t completely cover my garden.  Nettle is a very nutritious plant.  It can be eaten in the spring and dried for infusions or tea.  Check out this Nettle YouTube to listen to several herbalists talk about Stinging Nettle.

Stinging Nettle Poem

Cutting down nettle stalks

In the middle of winter

The days are short, the nights are frigid

Small plants growing close to the ground

And yikes! still stinging–In the freezing depths of  winter

Feeling a lasting tingling in my fingers

Remembrances of spring…

Worm Poem

This is a worm poem that came to me while I was out in my garden yesterday.  We are in the depths of winter, but it was a nice day–in the fifties.  I was putting together a small raised bed.  I picked up some black plastic and there were some worms in plain view squirming around.  The worms were squirming because of their surprise exposure to the light of day, and it just got me thinking about worms:

Ode to the Worms

Mighty workers of the soil

Squirming, eating, copulating, cleaning

Transforming detritus

Into nourishment for new life.

How would our world look without them?

Watch Worm Video

Worm Poem