The photo you see was taken this morning in the lower part of a row of six-year-old nebbiolo that will be harvested soon. This group of nettles smack dab in the middle of the row honestly surprised me. What follows are the technical reasons for why I am happy. The search for balance in the company continues.
Nettles do not willingly grow in unworked terrain. They easily grow in chaotic places, such as ruins or landslides. Where disturbed terrain begins the tumultuous processes of cellulose and lignin degradation. Where carbonic fibers hold humidity. Where detritivore microarthropods work, die, and their remains are attacked by cellulolytic bacteria. In all of this chaos there’s a large release of nitrogen which nettles love. The PH lowers temporarily and so iron becomes more available. The nettles go crazy and since they’re very competitive, they know how to take over biologically. Agronomically speaking, the appearance of nettles in the soil is an important sign that there is a good level of organic substance and that humification processes are in progress.