lovely weeds, wonderful weeds! (to the tune of "lovely spam, wonderful spam")
My neighbours and landlords usually watch my gardening with a suspicious eye….maybe it's because i might dig holes in the back lawn to put compost in….maybe its because i rejoice to see a field of dandelions to put that sunshine yellow in my salads and pancakes!
I skulk around neighbours yards looking jealously at their chickweed and lambs quarters, wondering if they know what nutritional powerpunches they have right under their noses.
When taking care of my mom's garden, i am careful to grab all the weeds and take them home with me to put on my balcony…
They grow well! They are super tasty, Pretty, and Good for you!
here are my favorites, as a lazy yet opportunist gardener:
- chickweed (needs wet cool, light sun)
- violets (same)-tiny wild pansy
- purslane, i've only found in my garden once, in Hamilton, where it was very fertile but very HOT, interestingly sour and crunchy.
- lamb's quarters (seems to just grow….you can see it in empty lots, abandoned ground…spinach like in its culinary actions)
- dandelion, do i really need to describe? mmm, liver bitter….
- plantain (city sidewalks, with grass, wherever people walk)
- wild lettuce, grows all over the city with little spiky spines on it…but don't eat much, its a strong relaxant)
- nettles, if you are lucky enough to live by a fertile creek or park where they hide under the big trees to enjoy the damp…you can identify by the invigorating sting.
- i also really like aloe, which does grow as a weed in some places! (namely those places where i tend to get sunburned)
I know i have seen at least one example of each this summer, next year i promise to bring the camera with me… but the best thing to do is find someone (the local herbalist) to take you on a weed walk in your particular zone.