The weeds often grow in abundance so overharvesting is not a concern. The weeds are generally free and widely available to most humans living on the planet as an important survival resource. Portulaca seeds are one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids. The leaves and stems are juicy, succulent and taste lemony. Mallow has a pleasant mellow flavor and is delicious in salads and juices while gently drawing out congestion from the body. The whole plant blended and strained also makes a great base for homemade lotions and shampoos. Plantains are not only a great food, but also acts as the perfect first aid kit in a myriad of ways.
Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants by Jack Wallington
The leaves chewed into a mash draw out snake venom, spider bites, infection, and assist rapid healing of any injury. Clover replenishes the soil with nitrogen and re-mineralizes our bodies with a full spectrum rainbow of trace minerals that support the integrity of long-term health.
Curly Dock leaves are used for lettuce when young and the seeds ground fine make great flour for adding to breads. The root works as a fantastic natural antibiotic and immune builder. Lambsquarter has far greater nutritional value than spinach and its seeds turn into the highly nutritious grain, quinoa.
Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants
Amaranth, also known as pigweed is a wild food of choice. The greens are delicious raw and for making into green chips and the little black seeds and leaves are packed with protein. Grass grows everywhere and is a true blessing because all wild grasses are edible. It makes a fantastic survival food because it contains all 8 essential amino acids making it a complete protein.
Chew the blades for the juice and spit out the pulp if it is too tough to break down. Chickweed is a delicate plant with five white flower petals that uses the support of other plants to grow higher. It tastes mild, like fresh green springtime. It can be used in salads, green juices, and salves. It supports our ability to let go of excess and increases our bodies efficiency.
Thistle greens make a fantastic juice.
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Harvest the greens carefully from the back stem or use gloves. Place them in the blender with plenty of water, an apple, and a lemon. Blend and strain the pulp out. Drink this delicious thistle lemonade and experience a good energy that comes from shifting your body towards an alkaline healing state. Knotweed grows low to the ground and is often overlooked. It is a wild buckwheat that is highly nutritious and delicious. It is a first succession pioneer species and helps regenerate the soil. Dandelion reminds us how to survive in style. The whole plant is edible and highly beneficial for good living.
Wild about Weeds begins with a brief history of garden weeds and how to design with them. It also includes some weeds that people now consider to be good and often grow in their gardens, along with weeds that are really invasive or you may want to avoid for other reasons. Jack Wallington tells you how to go hunting for weeds and how to collect and store their seeds. And once you find the plants, how to move and divide them, as well as managing them and how they fit into plant communities. The plants are divided into various chapters in regards to what sunlight and soil they grow best in.
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Some of the chapters include; weeds for rich, damp soils, weeds for colorful, sunny borders, weeds for ground cover, and many other areas and weather situations. Each plant has a detailed section including how to care for it, the effort to grow it, rebelliousness, plant family, maximum size, color, flowers, pot friendly, soil, situation, range, and origin. There are interviews with gardeners and landscapers interspersed between the weed descriptions.
And the book includes more resources and websites for you to gather even more knowledge.
With so many gardening books written about vegetables and flowers, I am very happy to find a good one in regards to weeds. The only thing is, I wish even more plants were included! Oct 04, Samantha rated it it was amazing Shelves: gardening , netgalley. Even those displaying at flower shows now include designer weeds in their gardens and often win medals for their displays. The book is split into nine chapters which are: Weeds for colourful, sunny borders Weeds for dry and poor soils Weeds for meadows Weeds for shady borders Weeds for rich, damp soils Weeds for containers, pots and window boxes Weed wild about Weeds is about introducing certain weeds to your garden - yes you did read that correctly!
The book is split into nine chapters which are: Weeds for colourful, sunny borders Weeds for dry and poor soils Weeds for meadows Weeds for shady borders Weeds for rich, damp soils Weeds for containers, pots and window boxes Weeds for ground cover Weeds for steps and walls Weeds for big spaces Each weed is has it's own page with colour photography of it in situ in a border, details of it's size, soil type, when it flowers, Latin name alongside how to collect seeds, how to grow them and what control they require.
Also included in the book are some of the weeds that should be avoided in certain situations and how to treat the area they appear in. At the end of some chapters is a page from a garden designers and experts from around the world with point of view on weeds and some tips too. Also included at the rear is a glossary, a list of places to buy your weeds and seeds plus a further list of weeds to consider, some of which may be eaten or used as cut flowers. I have some of these weeds in my garden - Herb Robert and Lesser celandine looks like something I have had before - which I will now reconsider when digging up.
I moved a Red valerian this summer in the garden as I thought it was pretty - now I know its a weed from seeing it in this book but I'm still going to keep it. Also, in recent months, I've seen a number of times meadow weeds being mentioned on BBCs Gardeners World as Britain is losing too many of it's wild meadows and the need to reintroduce them, especially as it improves the wildlife too.
I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review. Nov 10, Leyla Johnson rated it it was amazing. There is a saying about weeds that "it is plant growing in the wrong place", I have some weeds in my garden, others that are in this books are prized possessions, and what I loved in my childhood was running in a field with lots of fabulous flowers growing wild, picking a bunch and taking them home for the kitchen table.
I love this book, I love the way that it looks at plants which have been constituted as weeds, and the information that is given on each weed and the way it can be used in There is a saying about weeds that "it is plant growing in the wrong place", I have some weeds in my garden, others that are in this books are prized possessions, and what I loved in my childhood was running in a field with lots of fabulous flowers growing wild, picking a bunch and taking them home for the kitchen table.
I love this book, I love the way that it looks at plants which have been constituted as weeds, and the information that is given on each weed and the way it can be used in the garden. There are interview spots where gardeners, landscapes, designers and biologist are asked the same questions re weeds from all over, including Australia. Have a read, you'll never look at weeds in the same way. Juliana rated it really liked it Oct 22, Kristin rated it really liked it Sep 29, Laura marked it as to-read Jun 27, Katie Noonan added it Aug 26, Heidi C marked it as to-read Aug 26, Tori marked it as to-read Aug 27, Greencoffeepot marked it as to-read Sep 05, Annavita marked it as to-read Sep 22, Karen Mace marked it as to-read Sep 23, Lauren Paletta marked it as to-read Sep 30, Ashley Wold marked it as to-read Oct 15, Misti marked it as to-read Oct 15, Hannah added it Oct 15, Mary added it Oct 19, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Oct 22, Kauz marked it as to-read Oct 23, M marked it as to-read Oct 24, Becky marked it as to-read Oct 25, Sara MacLeod marked it as to-read Oct 26, Leigh Anne marked it as to-read Oct 26, Jaclyn marked it as to-read Nov 01, Kylee Medeiros marked it as to-read Nov 02, I started paying more close attention to my own little community of weeds.
And I started regretting branding them as such.
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Not for ethical reasons, but for typological ones. A weed is such a non-specific term. So homogenising and unsophisticated. So structuralist. Each so-called weed, after all, has a remarkable story to tell. Each is the product of millions of years of evolution.
Each is a descendant from an ancient species that had migrated across seas and continents. Each has a life trajectory — dormancy, germination, establishment, secondary growth, bolting, pollination, seed dispersal, reproduction, death, decomposition. Each has shoots, buds, stems, leaves, leaf stems, roots, fruit, bulb, stolon, flowers, dermal tissue, ground tissue, vascular tissue, nodes. Each employs sunlight, devours nutrients, absorbs water, consumes carbon dioxide, produces sugars, exudes oxygen.
Each is a habitat for a bee, a slug, a gnat, a caterpillar, a snake, a frog, a skink, a greenfly, a spider, a mite. Where do these creatures go when their source of nutrition and shelter is branded distasteful and cast aside?