Eat Your Weeds

Weeds can be a big problem in anyone’s yard, but when you do your best to keep an organic lawn, the weeds can take over!  Fortunately, many varieties of weeds are actually very nutritious and can be beneficial to consume.  Before you start eating weeds, though, make sure that you are picking weeds from a trusted source, preferably your own yard that you know hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Asbestos Bill

Make sure that you can identify weeds before you start chomping down on the green goodness.  What weeds are edible and good for you?  Let’s find out:

-Dandelions.  Dandelions are high in vitamin A, can act as a gentle diuretic to purify your blood, and taste great in smoothies or salads.  Pick the leaves before the flowers appear and you’ll get the most tender greens.

-Red clover.  Red clover is a clover that actually appears more purple than red.  Red clover is high in calcium, magnesium, thiamin, vitamin c, and even isoflavones.  Red clover can be useful for women with an estrogen deficiency.

-Purslane.  Purslane is a very common weed that has a mild flavor and a chewy texture.  The leaves are my favorite part and can be tossed in a potato salad to liven it up.  It is high in vitamin E and alpha linolenic acid (Omega 3).

-Japanese Knotweed.  Japanese knotweed grows like crazy and can take over your yard overnight.  You can use the young shoots and saute them in a little olive oil.  They will taste great!

Before you tackle your next weed problem, try to identify it to see if it’s actually edible.  Then search for some recipes, or even try it mixed in a salad.  Not only will you save money on your food, but you’ll pack a powerful punch of nutrients in as well!

Would you eat weeds?

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What Can You Compost? a List of Compostables

It’s funny, every time I sweep up dog hair and put it in the compost bin, it drives Mr. Money crazy! He doesn’t believe, but I know for a fact you can compost dog hair.  I’ve been doing it for two years and he had no idea it was going in the compost bin!  The joke is on him.  There are a lot of people that aren’t sure of what you can compost, so I decided I’m going to share a list of things that you really can compost.  Some are pretty common; others may not be.

What you can compost

-Paid bills and other paper scraps
-The contents of your vacuum (sorry Mr. Money!)
-Dog or cat hair
-Tea bags
-Latex (only) condoms (?!)
-Coffee grounds
-Egg shells
-Vegetable scraps
-Tissues
-Human hair
-Any nut or soy milk
-Wool socks
-Brown paper bags
-Newspapers
-Nail clippings
-Fireplace ashes
-Poop (Animal)
-Crumbs from your counters
-Toilet paper rolls
-Dryer lint
-Old cotton clothing (cut into very small pieces)
-Dry pet food
-Dead flowers
-Roadkill (don’t do this at home!)

Do you compost? Are you surprised at what you can compost?

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Stroll Through my Garden

I’ve got some good news, and some bad news. The bad news is our summer garden is finally on its way out, and the good news is the fall garden is coming along nicely! Some more experienced gardeners may laugh at our little plot of land, but we’re pleased as punch with what we got out of it this year, and can’t wait to plant another new one next year! I took some pictures this afternoon.
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Two of our tomato plants tipped over sometime last night. We really haven’t gotten too many off these plants yet (notice all the green ones!) so we are pretty bummed. When Mr. Money gets home from work, I’m going to have him go see if he can rescue them. By the way, these came up all by themselves and I transplanted them here. Can’t beat that!
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Something is getting my beans. 🙁 I planted these in August and they have been producing like crazy! We’ve been freezing them every chance we get, and man are they yummy! I looked today and there were little lady bug looking bugs on them and I found one yellow fuzzy worm-type thing. Gross!!

PhotobucketThere are strawberries and peas in this bed. The strawberries were planted this spring and didn’t produce anything all year. Maybe in the spring? The peas are doing quite well!

Photobucket Raspberries are taking over! I’m going to try to dry the leaves in my dehydrator. They are good for making red raspberry leaf tea, which is very good for women.

PhotobucketThe herb garden with sage, basil, and parsley. I should dry some of these too. I have enough sage to scare away all the spirits in the entire state!

PhotobucketThis is my “fall garden”. There are turnips, beets, collard greens, swiss chard, rainbow chard, kale, and spinach. These are tested to withstand (ha!) cold temperatures. Grow along, little veggies!

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