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Most of us hate to see weeds growing, but they are not all bad. Take the Dandelion for instance. its flower is really a beauty to see. The dandelion used to be grown for its roots which were roasted and ground to make an excellant substitute for coffee. the leaves are edible.
The docken plant grows all over and it is the first thing you grab when you are stung by nettles as rubbing the area where you got stung with a dock leaf relieves the pain.
nettles can be used in stews or even to make a delicious tea.
chickweed is a very good fresh food for budgies, they love it and it helps keep them in good health. I fact most pet birds and even chickens enjoy eating it.
So you see these weeds are desirable, and as a special offer any one that is now convinced that they need some of these valuable plants for thier own garden can come and take some from mine free of charge, please bring your own fork with you

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I'm very fond of several varieties of so-called weeds Islander...just this afternoon I cleared out the Rose Bay Willow Herb & something else with a small pink flower that had cropped up by the side of my rockery...I'd left them as they were so pretty & provided welcome greenery & shade.

We keep daisies & buttercups in the garden & even the white bindweed comes creeping in from the wild hedge next door on the edge of a field. Lovely visitors.

A lot of these plants are a haven for insects too so doubly welcome.

24 Sep, 2009


Thanks for the offer, Islander, but I have some of my own!

Why is it that annual nettles hide behind other plants to GET me when I haven't worn my gloves??

24 Sep, 2009


sounds like you definately need some dock leaves spritz

24 Sep, 2009


"A weed is just a flower in the wrong place." Glad you've found such good uses for what thrives.

25 Sep, 2009


I should remember to put my gloves on Islander! lol.

25 Sep, 2009

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