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Bishop weed

On our garden page we already referred to the use of Bishop weed, which is commonly considered to be a tough weed to tackle when found in your garden. Bishop weed can very well be used in your salads. By doing so, you can very well get rid the infestation of this weed in your garden. In any case, the nutty tasty of Bishop weed, is somewhat comparable to the last of Arugola. So, if you’re aware of this thriving weed outside your home or garden. Why not pluck it fo add it to your diet?

Dandelion and nettles become superfoods

For other weeds, the same can be said. For example, dandelion or nettles. Both greens are also considered to be persistent weeds. However, while being weeds, their nutritious and fertilising value is tremendous. Both on the spot where they grow, as when you yield these weeds to use them elsewhere. Next to the Swiss chard we grow, we often use leaves from dandelion in our salads or stir fry recipes. Nettles you can yield to use in a wonderful nettle soup. Flowers from the dandelion can be used to make dandelion oil, or as the base for a dandelion cream. The green flowers from nettles are considered to be a superfood. You can use ‘m in salads, or as an addition to your cereal breakfast. Of course, you also shouldn’t forget nettle tea. 

Dandelion tincture, yield 2021.

Dandelion tincture, yield 2021.

Plant supplements

Next to these purposes for these plants inside our diet or as freely available supplements, dandelions and nettles are also beneficial to our garden as green fertilisers. First of all, these plants are able to transport nitrogen and other minerals and spores from the lower parts of the soil into its upper parts. When these plants die, the remains in leaves and stems are excellent sources for improving your garden soil. Either in the compost or directly put on the topsoil as mulch, the minerals they stored in their fibres will become beneficial to your garden, just by not discarding them, but by using them.

Nettles tincture, yield 2021.

Soil improvers

Another issue specific for both nettles and dandelion is their ability to literally penetrate your soil. Especially, when your soil is compacted or contains a high amount of clay particles. These weeds can be very helpful in improving the quality of your soil.

Dandelion flowers in olive oil, yield 2021.

Dandelion tincture, yield 2021.

Tinctures and concoctions

Maybe, you’ve bought homeopathic or natural medicine made out of dandelion or nettles over time. But, did you know that you can easily make these remedies yourself. You can do this by taking your yield through the blender and put it in an old jam jar, or another container. Next, fill the ground up leaves and stems with a consumable alcohol. We prefer a cheap vodka, because it is void of specific flavour. Be sure all the green is fully immersed in the fluid. Then, close the lid and leave the closed jar in a dark and cool spot, for about two weeks and your dandelion or nettle tincture is ready for use.

Echinacea tincture from our gathered flowers in 2020. The flowers drenched in vodka.

Horsetail

Staying on the subject of weeds, another one of those weeds is horsetail. This weed is also considered a persistent infestation. The use of this particular weed range from a natural abrasive or polisher or as an addition to tea. Horsetail contains high levels of floral calcium, which your body can much more easily take up, as calcium supplements available in the store. 

Broken up horsetail stems, the grey glance on the stems reflects the amount calcium this plant carries.

Plantain tincture. Yield 2020. 

Other weeds and plants to discover

Similar uses of other weeds are mugwort, yarrow, plantain, burdock, cleaver and many more.

Rose hips, calendula flowers, wild strawberries and many other plants you may cherish in your garden have similar benefits.

Yarrow tincture. Yield 2020.

Bee balm oil. Yield 2020.

A source of inspiration

We hope to inspire you, to take different look at what grows in your garden and around your house, or in the nearby vicinity. Because there is so much to learn, find and discover.

Plantain succus. Yield 2020. Leaves ground up drenched in honey.

Soon on our blog pages

On our blog pages you may expect articles about our discoveries and recommendations shortly.