Dandelion

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OK, so I know you think this is just another weed, and you would be right. The dandelion is a right pain in most gardens, and I doubt that any gardener would choose to grow it. However it is so common, and difficult to get rid of, that if it’s growing anyway why not put it to good use?

Nearly all parts of the plant can be eaten, and the dandelion is a necessary ingredient for the traditional root beer - dandelion and burdock!

Growing Dandelions

Seeds can be bought which produce varieties that are far superior to the wild dandelions that grow wild in most gardens, alternatively just transplant them to a suitable patch.

The most important thing you should ensure if you do grow dandelions in your garden is to deadhead them before the flowers turn to seed – else you will have far more plants than planned and all in the wrong place!

Propagation

Dandelions can be propagated from seed, or by taking root cuttings.

Dandelion Uses

The leaves can be used in salads or cooked like spinach, and they are rich in vitamins and minerals. The roots can be used as a coffee substitute, and wine can be made from both the flowers and the roots.

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!

Website: allotment.uk.com
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