Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. Today's featured weed is chicory, Chicorium intybus. Chicory is also known as Blue Sailor, Ragged Sailor, Coffeeweed, Cornflower, Succory, Wild Succory, Garden Endive, Wild Chicory, Common Chicory and Blue Dandelion. Another European import, it's believed to have originated in Eurasia. It's prized for its long taproot, which is roasted and used as a coffee substitute or coffee additive. [Read more…]
Natural weed control has become a hot topic in recent years as more people are realizing that chemical weed poisons can harm more than weeds. (See “15 Health Problems Linked to Monsanto's Roundup“.) Sometimes you want a natural weed killer, sometimes organic weed control is enough.
Don't hate the weeds! Many weeds are edible and/or medicinal, or have other uses such as natural dye or cordage. They can also be used to diagnose soil health, as many weeds thrive in disturbed and damaged soils. They are part of nature's repair crew.
I use non-toxic weed control so weeds don't take over the walkways and garden areas. With a little observation and patience and a few simple tools, you can kill weeds naturally without poisons. (“Killing naturally” sounds like an oxymoron, but death and life are part of the natural cycle.) You can virtually eliminate quackgrass, crabgrass and other problem weeds, and enjoy a tidy yard and lush garden without hours and hours of pulling and tilling. [Read more…]
Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. Today's featured weed is the thistle, i.e. plants of the genus Cirsium. No true thistles are known to be toxic, and they are fairly easy to identify. There are many thistle species throughout North America (and the rest of the world), but the two common in my yard are Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) and bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare). The different species and all edible and have similar uses. [Read more…]
Welcome to the Weekly Weeder! This series covers all things “weed” related – foraging, identification, wildcrafting/uses (culinary, medicinal, companion plants aspects, habitat, etc.), wildcrafting books, tips and tools to get rid of them when they are problematic. Controls must be non-toxic and non-damaging to the environment. (NO ROUNDUP ALLOWED!) [Read more…]
I know this is going to sound crazy to many of you, but I leave some weeds in my garden on purpose. This wasn't always the case. [Read more…]