Dandelions, they know, they JUST know where to grow ….in places you don’t want them. They master the art of frustration … you kill them off, well so you thought, ONLY for the little blighters to be back the next day, stronger than before…… They HAVE mastered EVERY survival skill, except for growing in rows…I actually sympathise with them, they have so much vigour and determination.
You fight dandelions everyday, all week in fact, by Friday you think you have Overcome…..well so you thought…..LOL….. ONLY to find that on Monday morning they are THERE, proud as punch at their survival, in full and gorgeous, golden bloom, pretty as can be, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity..and when you look at them, they look back and in your head you hear them say…’in your face, mother fukker, we are back, we survived, stronger than before….YOU loose..’ HOW RUDE! … as a full time Landscaper/Gardener, I am beginning to believe that weeds, Especially dandelions, rejuvenate within 24hrs,..honestly, you pull them out, with a root and the next day they are back again!! In the exact same spot!!! Spooky….can you imagine how wonderful gardens would be if Real flowers grew as quick as Weed flowers..? OMG, can you imagine the competition AND the job you would have keeping up with trying to train them?! To PULL or NOT to Pull?. ..that would be the question” I don’t believe in any form of chemical weed killers, at all, I try and eradicate them by pulling them out….But, I DO leave some as they ARE beneficial….
A dandelion is a weed?? A plant who’s virtues have not yet been discovered..?? I beg to differ…..we tend to see them as a bloody nuisance, but in truth, anyone who knows anything about herbs will tell you this awesome plant has so many health benefits that treating them as pests is such a waste.
6 benefits of dandelions : Best hangover cure; full of vitamins and minerals; relieves digestion issues; eases premenstrual symptoms; lowers high cholesterol and a good remedy for a caffeine detox.. We need to reap the benefits of these persistent little so called pests…. Dandelion can be eaten raw, in salads, steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed or braised. All parts of the dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses. It has long been used as a liver tonic and diuretic. The roots contain inulin and levulin, starchlike substances that may help balance blood sugar, as well as bitter taraxacin, which stimulates digestion. Dandelion roots can be harvested during any frost-free period of the year. The flowers can be added to salads, made into jellies or dipped in batter to make dandelion fritters. The leaves are rich in potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Dandelion and burdock are one of my favourites..
We have forgotten our roots and rely on chemically enhanced ‘fresh’ herbs, fruits and vegetables….. We forget they have been chemically treated for ALL sorts before they even get to a shop…. we need to go back to traditional old school food…grown by your own hand…..no chemicals involved…… So next time you decide to wage war…(with unnecessary chemical warfare, which kills everything else except what you are actually trying to kill, and harms the ground and other plants in the immediate vicinity …. even though you don’t think it does, and even though the label says other wise)…Stop and think of the healthy aspect of life……Is it REALLY necessary to try and eradicate dandelions and any other form of edible ‘weeds’.?!