Monthly Archives: March 2012

Soldier’s herb


Few lawn weeds are despised as much as broadleaf plantain (Plantago major). Maybe we should hold our contempt a little bit. I’m not saying we should want it in our front or even our backyard, but let’s recognize its merits. … Continue reading

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Dandelions aren’t all bad


As spring emerges yellow flowers do too, all over our yards. One is the buttercup, which is poisonous. The other is the dandelion. I’m no big fan of them, but I do realize they have their edible and medicinal merits. … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Purse


Cool weather seems to bring out all those cabbage relatives. Shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is no exception. One nice thing is that most crucifers are edible. What isn’t so nice is they all tend to get the same diseases. Shepherd’s … Continue reading

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Daffodils: Signs of Spring


The daffodils are beginning to bloom. Those glorious yellow trumpets are springing up everywhere, signaling spring is almost here. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for them, but never one in my stomach. Daffodils and all related … Continue reading

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Two Spring Mints


Look around in our soon to be planted fields and you’ll see a mass of pink to purple. The two likely culprits are henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) and dead nettle (Lamium purpurea). Both are exotic invaders from the mint family and … Continue reading

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