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Spare the weeds

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23 Apr 2019 16:11 - 23 Apr 2019 16:13 #1137 by trail
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Most people know that dandelions and a few other weeds are edible, but might not have tried them.
This is a good time to look around your yard and neighborhood, and see what naturally grows where, and when.

Greens do not give you the bulk-up calories of corn and potatoes, but consuming greens every day can keep you healthier.

Many weeds have a mild taste, are less juicy than lettuce-- fitting easily in a sandwich. Some, like dandelions, are bitter. Sorrels have a wonderful sourness -- like the yellow-flowered "clover" weed. The purslane that grows along the driveway is similar to aloe-- a juicy succulent with a bit of slime. Pine needles were once used for vitamin C.

Many weeds have healing properties, which you can find in books... while also being edible. Eating too much of some can put a strain on kidneys or heart, so find out now -- make sure you have printed material on the plants in your area.

Spring shoots tend to be more edible, and some plants even become poisonous as they get larger (pokeweed).

We can imagine we'll forage, but it's handy knowing what's toxic or tasty, before you're desperate.

Many of us kill our weeds to maintain cleaner lawns. If applying grub-killer and weed-killer, think ahead to whether you might need to eat what grows there within the year. It could pay off to leave a few weeds growing.
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01 May 2019 23:14 #1210 by Preppernursetoo
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07 May 2019 23:11 #1268 by mickieb
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10 May 2019 07:43 #1281 by trail
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10 May 2019 23:12 - 10 May 2019 23:18 #1286 by fiber59freak@gmail.com
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11 May 2019 19:18 - 11 May 2019 19:19 #1305 by stonyman002
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