Friday, March 7, 2014

More on the wonder of weeds



I really, really love weeds.

There are so many reasons to be happy for weeds. They harbor beneficial insects, keep the sand from blowing around, feed the soil, mine for nutrients...

There's just good. Sure, we have to fight with many of them to keep our more "desirable" plants happy, but weeds are still a net gain, not a loss.

They're also beautiful. Take a look at these lyreleaf sage blooms:

 


They're perfect for picking and giving to your mom in a bouquet, aren't they? My kids sure seem to think so... and I agree with them. Who needs to buy expensive sprayed roses when you can pick these by the road?

Another one I love: thistles.


Their deep taproots make them great nutrient accumulators, plus they have a wild spiny exuberance that I find irresistible. Tear up a patch of ground and they'll often pop up even if you've never seen them there before. They also have nice, puffy seed heads, just like dandelions.

As a final bonus, they're edible, like many of our "weeds."

You can plant a garden to get nice, big sweet salads... but if you want to eat some seriously healthy vegetation, foraging for wild greens is where it's at.

3 Comments:

At March 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM , Anonymous SomeGardenGuy said...

When I hear someone talking about "weeds" in Florida, all I hear is "drought tolerant" and immediately look the plant up to see how it might benefit my property.

 
At March 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Jean Campbell said...

In the first photo: Chickweed, Wild Geranium and Corydalis. Weeds are a great indicator of soil fertility. All of these will be gone, come a few days of hot sun.

 
At March 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Yes - I'm fascinated by what shows up where. These are right along side my compost pile.

 

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