Let’s change our perspective on these "weeds" which can, in addition to being beautiful, have many virtues.
Do not get rid of them anymore, they are very useful!
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1. Dandelion: the little sun in the garden
"The war on dandelions is useless ”, launches the gardener-chronicler Franck Prost at the Jardins en Seine fair. "Leave them alone!" », Corroborates the landscape designer Jean-Marc Jodogne.
These "lion's teeth" are indeed a precious aid for the survival of bees and other pollinating insects, which feed on them abundantly from the beginning of spring. They are also edible for humans: in salads, in jam, in a pan, in herbal tea ... everything is good in the dandelion, flower, leaf and root.
On the beauty side, you can treat yourself to a bath of dandelions in decoction ... It is beneficial for the skin and to detoxify the body.
2. Nettle: the plant of the future
As precious for humans as it is for the garden, thenettle is really a plant to (re)-discover! It is possible to learn to pick it with bare hands and to bite it straight away, but you can also prepare it: nettle is a particularly nutritious wild plant, highly mineralizing and energizing, which is also excellent to eat raw, cooked. , in juice or herbal tea.
It is also a good food for chickens.
In the garden, nettle is a blessing for butterflies. It is also a great compost activator, a natural fertilizer where it grows spontaneously, and above all, the star ingredient of the unparalleled nettle manure. Just that ? No, its stem can be used for making paper and fabric!
- To discover: nettle soup
3. Plantain: to play, taste and heal
Your children may be throwing their buttons while making a little vegetable bow! Do you know that these same flower buds are eaten? In early spring, their taste resembles that of mushrooms and its young leaves can be eaten in a salad or in a pan.
If all the plantains are edible, the ones in your garden may be too bitter. In this case, sow the most tasty Corn de Cerf * plantain.
Plantain also has medicinal properties: as a poultice, the sap of its leaves soothes burns, stings or other ailments; in infusion, it treats respiratory ailments.
4. Clover: a real lucky charm
Its white or red flowers represent a feast for biodiversity: a great source of nutrients for butterfly caterpillars, bees and bumblebees ...
For us, in infusion, red clover is diuretic and cough suppressant; it contains trace elements and vitamins.
In the garden, white clover is also a green manure of choice… And it remains very decorative in the grass!
5. Purslane: to devour
This creeping plant known to Mediterranean gardens is also a staple of the Cretan diet!
Very rich in omega3, purslane is indeed excellent for the heart and helps cleanse the body: consume it in a salad or in a pan.
Like the clover, it is an interesting ground cover ... even a pretty plant to grow in a pot! Sow it from March to September.
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