I am going to open the discussion around dandelions. Spring has arrived and the dandelion is popping up all over the place. I have read many comments on Facebook about peoples’ battles with dandelions. I had to investigate whether this persistent little plant is our friend or foe. After all, we’ve shared many different posts about creating beautiful home gardens and dandelions are a hot topic that needs to be talked about.
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Should we be ripping out those yellow flowers and throwing it away or should we embrace the yellow pom-poms? So, I’ve put together this ultimate dandelion guide – a brief history of the dandelion, how to remove dandelions, dandelion craft ideas and dandelion recipes.
The Ultimate Dandelion Guide
Dandelion Throughout History – Truth be told, history paints a very different picture of our ancestors relationship with this common weed. While we “pull it and pitch it”, in the past the dandelion was honoured. Acclaimed for its medicinal properties, generations of people around the world have harvested the dandelion crop for various reasons. Here’s a list of some of the things dandelions were believed to help with; liver problems, heart aliments, treatment of anemia, digestive aid and rheumatism. Today the dandelion is still used for it’s medicinal properties. Dandelion is rich in vitamin A, D, iron, potassium and zinc. The dandelion is actually an incredibly useful plant!
Dandelion Recipes to Make
Dandelion Craft Ideas
Sooth and moisturize your skin with this homemade dandelion salve from Montana Homesteader.
How to Remove Dandelions from Your Yard
Whether you want to use the dandelions that dot your lawn in a delicious recipe, or you aren’t fond of them for aesthetic reasons, you need to know how to properly pull out a dandelion plant. How do you get the roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and all? Fortunately, the dandelion has a tap root, like a carrot. This root structure makes it easier to pull. Unfortunately, the dandelion has a super-strong root…it holds on with all of its might!
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