Garden Weeds–Veggies That Cultivate Themselves

As the snow melts, and those of you who garden prepare to till your land and sow your seeds, reconsider your weeding strategies.

Humans have been cultivating for millennia. Over thousands of years, some plants have been cultivated and then were abandoned, like lamb’s quarter, dandelion and clover. Others are cultivated vegetables elsewhere in the world which have gone feral in N. America, like burdock. These weeds have gone feral but, having long histories of cultivation behind them, favor our gardens. All possess the hardiness of wild plants and a habit of appearing in abundance in tilled soil. Many “weeds” we now see in our gardens are edible.

Don’t just yank them, learn them! These feral former domestic vegetables grow very fast; much faster than most contemporary cultivated plants. So let them grow til they are useful, and then HARVEST them. You’ll be eating fresh veggies when modern vegetables are just beginning to sprout.

Burdock and wild lettuce.

Burdock and wild lettuce below, only weeks after the snow broke.

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