Tag Archives: weeds

Edible Weeds

Dandelions
To some gardeners weeds are the bane of their existence, to others they are nothing more than plants growing where they shouldn’t. To some enlightened gardeners weeds are a delicacy. The secret really is knowing which are good weeds and which are bad weeds.

Good weeds I will define as edible plants that are growing in places you don’t want them to grow. Bad weeds are everything else.

purslane
Some good weeds are dandelions and purslane.

Dandelions are packed with Vitamins A, C, & K. Purslane has an abundance of Vitamins A & C.

Here’s a recipe for Sauteed Dandelion Greens. And here’s a recipe for Purslane and Parsley Salad

Next time you’re clearing out your beds make sure your not throwing away lunch.

Week 9 – Weeds, First Harvest

First the good news, we’ve begun harvesting our radishes. See how they pop out of the soil We’re also getting the first first of our mixed greens (arugula, tat soi, mizuna and mustard). When harvesting greens pick the outer leaves and let the inner ones continue growing. This way we can harvest over a longer period. If any one is keeping score it took five weeks from seed to harvest.

Weeding
The bane of any garden are the plants that grow where we don’t want them to. That is the definition of a weed. Some so called weeds like purslane, mint and fennel are actually edibles that without careful attention become quite invasive.

The best method for weeding is to get them while they’re young. Pull out the entire plant including roots so they won’t be able to grow back. A mild watering beforehand will make the task a little easier.