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Nov 1, 2009 10:55AM
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the weeds are ment to be there so we can live
Nov 1, 2009 10:45AM
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how do you people get gangster friends
May 24, 2009 8:15AM
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It gives me a bit of hope to see so many people defending the plants and cursing this stupid article. At least there are still SOME intelligent people out there! America needs to get rid of standardized testing and actually start teaching the youth something about the world around them. On a side note-DON'T USE ROUNDUP!!! manufactured by monsonto-a wicked wicked corporation. google it. don't support those B%&&^%%&^!!!!! peace.
May 23, 2009 10:09PM
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three plants you listed have well known medicinal and nutritional properties, and it is a shame that these plants have fallen into the category of noxious weeds. people of understanding and an interest in health and healing might not want to destroy these plants. on the contrary, these plants should be protected and encouraged, and generously welcomed into any home garden.

 

dandelions have more calcium than broccoli, more vitamin A than spinach, and are excellent either steamed or raw. they also are much more nutritious than spinach because they have less oxalic acid which interfers with mineral absorption.

 

purslane is highly nutritious and is one of the best sources of potassium. it also has a very high level of omega 3 oil, which is a very valuable nutrient and fairly rare in plants. flax seed is one of the only other plant sources.

 

wood sorrel is a known anti-cancer plant, and has been known to shrink tumors. it is one of the plants used in the famous Essiac tonic, which was created by a Canadian nurse Rene Caisse for its anti cancer properties. it was originally taught to her by native Americans who understood the plant's medicinal properties.

May 23, 2009 9:42PM
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Why isn't ground elder mentioned? This weed is the worst to get rid off when its established in a flower bed. Nightmare weed..
May 23, 2009 9:21PM
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Flutter71 - that weed you mention I believe is a member of the thistle family (thay have taproots like dandelions).  As to which one I cant say w.o a pic but nearly all 5 or 6 of them will flower but it takes 2 years to do so (after they grow to 6 feet or more) .  If anything those ****in things are truly the devil's plants and their insanely hard to deal with (not as hard as poison ivy though)

My parents back lawn is COVERED in them and ive been fighting them since I conquered the dandelions.  All of the thistles here in ontario and in many places are classified as nautious weeds so they have to be removed by law or you get fined.

This family DOES NOT include the herb milk thistle (which isn't even a true thistle) though I've been told that the fibres from them make good rope. I wouldn't wanna know how to get it to that point and dealing with their pickers so it isnt really worth it. (much like making tea from stinging nettles).
May 23, 2009 9:18PM
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I am glad so many people enjoy their dandelions.  If I wanted to grow and eat dandelions I would grow them in my garden.  I do not, however, care for them peppering my lawn and taking over.  I prever to dig them out by the roots.  Willing to send them to anyone that doesn't have enough for salad!!
May 23, 2009 9:06PM
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You have to click on the arrow to move to the next slide of informationOpen-mouthed
May 23, 2009 7:37PM
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This is one of the most poorly written and researched articles I've ever had the displeasure of reading.  Most all of the grasses on this list can be systematically harvested and used to make compost. Dandelions leaves and all are very high in vitamin A and a good salad green (if you're not spraying them with herbicides).  Plantain, another useful plant has been shown to improve wound healing.  Common mellow is known to be helpful in digestive or internal discomfort.  If you are lucky you have purslane growing in your yard,  loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and much more.  Yeah...there are a couple of nuisance plants on the list, but they all flower and produce food and environment for pollinators.  We should try to live in harmony with the surrounding life, not wipe it out!
May 23, 2009 7:29PM
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Hey p1s345,  there are write ups about 14 types of weeds, but you gotta click on the

green  " next " button ...

May 23, 2009 7:27PM
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In my town, morning glory's grow on the curbs on mainstreet. It makes the whole town look better, is what I've heard.
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Its amazing what one can do with the herb dandelion (Dicotyledon), a healthy one at that.  Leave it up to eclectic Chef Erika G. Cenci, author of 398 page Clean Food - Flavor is Trump Cookbook.  In this cookbook of excellent, original recipes, and only in this cookbook -Dandelion Onion-Buffalo Cheese Pizza recipe is found on page 263; Dandelion Pesto over Creamy Polenta recipe is found on page 259; Dandelion Crepes with Black Currant Jam recipe and Dandelion Puree with Boiled Egg Halves are found on page 260 and Dandelion-Reisling-Feta Cheese Bread recipe is found on Page 282; Dandelion in Puff Pastry on page 258; Dandelion Salad and Dandelion-Sorrel Soup are found on page 261; Dandelion-Spinach Salad and Dandelion Vinegar on page 262 and Baked Zita-Dandelion Casserole recipe is found on page 264.  I personally have consumed every one of them. Smile Trafford Publishing, ISBN 142513623-0. Borders Books on-line and through stores and Amazon. Smile Chef Erika is also the creator of wine (vino) breads.  Smile 

May 23, 2009 6:58PM
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i think you are referring to "fairy ring", and there is no cure for it, short of fumigating your soil. you can make them less visible by aerating the lawn. if you only have a couple, you could try taking a pitchfork or a screwdriver and poking the ring areas. it lets built up gas and bacteria escape.

 

fairy rings are usually the result of decaying matter beneath the soil, such as old tree roots or stumps. they generally become more visible after some rain and the decay will sometimes produce mushrooms within the rings.

 

May 23, 2009 6:45PM
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wonder if this is being to you by the morons @ evil homedepot ! Vampire bat

more nutritious herbs & food to be eliminated for the sake of an utterly INANE lawn : Sad

(much thanks to those who have already posted about some of the virtues of dandelion & plantain) Smile

BUT HERE ARE MORE !:

purslane: more nutritious (& a bit tastier) even than dandelions ... MUCH more nutritious in fact than anything you buy at your agri-business food store ... purslane is MUCH higher in ****. E (for instance) than any other vegetable ... also very high in omega-3, ****. C, etc. ... the weed form of purslane is a little tough so not as good for fresh salads as the european garden variety, but amazing when briefly sauteed in a little olive oil

blackberries: CAN be domesticated & controlled so this is just a blatantly stupid suggestion that we must consider them a weed ... for starters, is there no better dessert than fresh blackberry pie ? (not to mention homemade blackberry jam or wine ?)
but there's something else to consider, blackberries are minerally rich, esp. high in a 'good' form of iron (a kind that boosts yer sex drive & yer hair!) & VERY high in a class of antioxidants known as polyphenols, esp. one called 'ellagic acid' that has been found to be particularly beneficial in the treatments of colon cancer, cervical cancer, & even breast cancer ...

mallow: another one with not much present-day following but  a great amount of historical use & future potential! mallow is a great diuretic & has popularly been employed for everything from kidney stones & bladder irritation to prostate issues (it lowers testosterone levels) to sore throats & coughs (it has remarkable demulcent properties) ... it is somewhat laxative though, so use with discretion
(can be used in salads as well)

puncture vine: more popularly sold as tribulus, this is one of the most favored 'male tonics' ... revered the world over for it's libido enhancing properties, it is also used to increase muscle growth & stamina (due mostly to its testosterone increasing ability > the opposite of mallow in this regard) ... also used for its kidney strengthening attributes

bindweed: multiple uses ... ranging from easing heavy menstruation & fevers to remedy-ing spider & insect bites

even little-used crabgrass has a medicinal history (primarily in the orient) where it has been used for everything from anxiety to 'mental slowness' !!

-- SO ENJOY these "WEEDS" (what a non-sensical term) !!!!
May 23, 2009 6:42PM
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wonder if this is being to you by the morons @ evil homedepot ! Vampire bat

more nutritious herbs & food to be eliminated for the sake of an utterly INANE lawn : Sad

(much thanks to those who have already posted about some of the virtues of dandelion & plantain) Smile

BUT HERE ARE MORE !:

purslane: more nutritious (& a bit tastier) even than dandelions ... MUCH more nutritious in fact than anything you buy at your agri-business food store ... purslane is MUCH higher in ****. E (for instance) than any other vegetable ... also very high in omega-3, ****. C, etc. ... the weed form of purslane is a little tough so not as good for fresh salads as the european garden variety, but amazing when briefly sauteed in a little olive oil

blackberries: CAN be domesticated & controlled so this is just a blatantly stupid suggestion that we must consider them a weed ... for starters, is there no better dessert than fresh blackberry pie ? (not to mention homemade blackberry jam or wine ?)
but there's something else to consider, blackberries are minerally rich, esp. high in a 'good' form of iron (a kind that boosts yer sex drive & yer hair!) & VERY high in a class of antioxidants known as polyphenols, esp. one called 'ellagic acid' that has been found to be particularly beneficial in the treatments of colon cancer, cervical cancer, & even breast cancer ...

mallow: another one with not much present-day following but  a great amount of historical use & future potential! mallow is a great diuretic & has popularly been employed for everything from kidney stones & bladder irritation to prostate issues (it lowers testosterone levels) to sore throats & coughs (it has remarkable demulcent properties) ... it is somewhat laxative though, so use with discretion
(can be used in salads as well)

puncture vine: more popularly sold as tribulus, this is one of the most favored 'male tonics' ... revered the world over for it's libido enhancing properties, it is also used to increase muscle growth & stamina (due mostly to its testosterone increasing ability > the opposite of mallow in this regard) ... also used for its kidney strengthening attributes

bindweed: multiple uses ... ranging from easing heavy menstruation & fevers to remedy-ing spider & insect bites

even little-used crabgrass has a medicinal history (primarily in the orient) where it has been used for everything from anxiety to 'mental slowness' !!

-- SO ENJOY these "WEEDS" (what a non-sensical term) !!!!
May 23, 2009 6:30PM
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actually dandelion would be a good alternative to coffee if its not on hand with u, and quite honestly they're very pretty to me. well, i'd move em to a flower bed, instead of letting them lay there peppered all over my lawn.
May 23, 2009 6:11PM
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It is highly misleading to call dandelions "dastardly".  Dandelions are considered to be one of the top 6 most powerful healing herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Also, it is one of 9 ingredients in a British product used to treat viral hepatitis.  Dandelions contain more Vitamin A than carrots.  So what's the problem MSN? Dandelions are a well known remedy all over the world, except, for us ignorant folks here in the good ol' USA.  We use highly toxic herbicides to kill off a potent powerful healing herb, not realizing that we are poisoning ourselves in the process. FYI, people use this herb for: Liver disorders, gallbladder problem, digestive complaints, weight reduction, rheumatism, and that's just to name a few. Can we remove dandelions from this list please? It is flat out MISINFORMATION!
May 23, 2009 5:44PM
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best time to weed.period. after a the ground is good and soaked. so simple and you get the Whole root almost always...
May 23, 2009 5:31PM
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If you can't beat'em, eat'em.  I live in a city that prohibits the use of any pesticides or herbicides, and I'm glad of it.  My lawn has a variety of interesting plants growing in it, a lot of them edible, including plantain, purslane, and dandelion (the flowers are edible too, by the way.  Dip in beaten egg and fry like squash blossoms).  If you really have to get rid of weeds (for example, between patio stones), pour boiling water on them.  No chemicals necessary.
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