The Importance of Becoming a Weed User
Journey into the wonderful land of weeds.
By Hans Wieland.
Coming into my fifth decade of gardening and growing food, I have long since developed a less violent approach to tackling weeds: “If you can’t defeat them, cultivate and eat them”, has become my motto. Too many of us spend too much time on weeding, in fact probably more time than on the more enjoyable tasks of sowing and harvesting. However, we can change this with some tips and advice on how to deal with those noxious creatures without becoming obnoxious along the way. Did not weeds make the first vegetables!
What are weeds really?
“Plants growing in the wrong place” is a standard answer. And while most people consider a weed to be undesirable, troublesome and uncultivated, some of the most common garden weeds are edible, nutritionally beneficial and often have medicinal uses.
If you are of the opinion that dandelions are just annoying backyard weeds, think twice. All of the dandelion plant is edible or useful in some way. The white substance in a dandelion’s stem is effective in treating warts. The root can be baked or fried, the young leaves can be eaten raw in a salad and the flower makes fantastic lemonade.
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