Lately, whenever we want some greens-- at least once every day-- I take a big bowl out to the garden

and snip leaves off any weeds that look tasty. The best ones come right out of my raised beds: they grow in great soil, they're clean, and snipping them makes room for my more intentional and delicate plants. These same weeds go for a few dollars a bunch from my CSA. Be resourceful: harvest your own weeds!

Dead nettle: The name, while ominous sounding, is meant to be reassuring. The leaves are nettle-shaped but don't have a sting. Edible leaves & flowers. Most of the time, I don't pull out the roots unless the weed

and best of all.is in a spot where it will disadvantage a more needy plant. and antioxidants? Weeds are free. In one sample harvest I gathered a large bowl of the . Why pull up the roots. abundant. they want to grow everywhere! A poultice of plantain will help draw out infection from a wound. when these weeds provide a great source of vitamins. minerals. Most weeds are so hearty that you can clip all or most of the leaves and they will come back nice & full in a few days. and it also makes a great green vegetable! Its tough leaves can be cooked or blended raw in a smoothie.

I deveined the dandelion and dock leaves and removed the larger stems from the fireweed. from a small section of a raised bed: Chickweed. they're much pithier and sometimes more bitter than the tender leaves. While the stem and midrib sections are edible. and they're ready to use! Fireweed has a sharper taste than most of my garden weeds. but I . borage. plantain. nipplewort. This combination would be great for a garden salad. so I use it in smaller quantities. dock. fireweed.following weeds. and dandelion. I also made sure all the leaves were clean and free of slugs and grit (usually only a problem with leaves that were resting on the ground).

All of these weeds have a very mild flavor except the dandelion and fireweed. along with a couple of bananas.generally prefer to toss everything in the blender. some kombucha and water for an easy. amazingly healthy and surprisingly delicious green smoothie. Ox Eye Daisies: The leaves & flowers are edible. greens. I made a smoothie once with a ton of dandelion greens and quickly learned it's better to mix them with other. but the petals are . milder. some chia or flax seeds. check out my posts Wild Harvested Nettles Smoothie and Drink Your Veggies. I personally think the flowers reek. For more smoothie ideas.

and bedstraw. We call it "cat tongue" because of its raspy texture.my kids love them! Other weedy greens I commonly use from my garden in smoothies include raspberry leaves. Bedstraw: the mature plant contains too much silica to be palatable. but young plants and leaves are tender and mild. Bedstraw should only be used when young and tender. daisy leaves. .alright. and the leaves are tender and taste very interesting. because older leaves produce high levels of silica.

. after getting a load of free compost from another local urban farmer. Anyone else have a raspberry jungle in their garden? Thin out the volunteers occasionally. and use them in smoothies or cook them up like spinach. and I'd been eagerly awaiting the day when I had a free and abundant source of them. I haven't got a picture of it yet.I've been very happy to discover that. but they're widely available online if you want to know what it looks like. I have tons of nutritious lambsquarters growing. Would anyone else be so happy to receive a load of surprise weeds? Lambsquarters is supposed to be one of the most nutrient dense greens you can eat.

. I try to pull it when I see it.Before I knew anything about edible weeds I eradicated all my purslane. but maybe some birds eat it and spread the seeds.. Someday I hope to see some of this succulent green spreading over my garden beds again. It turns out purslane is an absolute delicacy.. Nightshade: not for human or animal. more are always popping up here and there. It's beautiful too! It really grows in a neat pattern. unfortunately. Again. I don't have a photo of purslane. and all too easy to eradicate.

We try to remember what other creatures besides ourselves need in a garden.Weeds I would never consume. nightshade. and columbine. laurel. buttercup. include foxglove. these are simply the most common poisonous plants in my Pacific Northwest yard. or give to my livestock. Foxglove before flowering. I do allow the foxglove & columbine to thrive because the hummingbirds adore these flowers. is not an extensive list. and buttercups. obviously. bluebells. This is probably the . While I am working to eradicate the deadly nightshade. This. Spanish bluebells.

These are two prolific weeds best left untasted. . on their long tough stems. more aptly. Then there are the plants I won't feed our family but that the rabbits & chickens can eat. not knowing exactly what they are. Don't eat. bindweed) most grasses. We also get a lot of random mustard-family weeds.number one garden plant that everyone recognizes as poisonous. we get so many more than we can use. which I'm sure would be safe for our family to eat but I generally. although if it's clean I'll harvest it for tea. including morning glory (or. but. and blackberry. We occasionally eat them in salads. like weeds. toss them to the bunnies. rose. Same with the Spanish Bluebells scattered throughout the photo (and my yard). I also give the rabbits many chive blossoms. The rabbits also get any mint that I find growing in random places.

Geums. and often so much more nutritious than anything you can buy. absolutely fresh and organic. if you like eating paper. . Plus. supposedly edible.. this time using the flowers.) It's worth learning about the volunteers & weeds in your garden. they don't take up any valuable fridge space! Here's one more way you can use weeds: Lacto-Fermented Dandelion Soda.. Perfect for the rabbits & chickens . We've gone from spending about $15/week on greens to freely harvesting all we need right outside.

check out my earlier posts Wild Foraging In Apriland Edible Weeds. soups. For more info on identifying and harvesting edible plants.These fish shaped leaves belong to Sorrel. sandwiches. Add to salads. or smoothies. . The leaves are absolutely tender and easy to nibble.

has edible leaves & flowers. in addition to being a beneficial nitrogen-fixing plant.Clover. and they're super nutritious. We're pulling out all the grass and letting the clover take over! .

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