I have to ask you a favor….it isn’t a favor for me, specifically. It’s a favor for all of us…STOP USING PESTICIDES!
Not all bugs are bad, and in fact, many are very beneficial to have around. We really need our bees and our wild pollinators! Butterflies and praying mantises, ladybugs and dragonflies, fireflies and luna moths…
Besides, if you don’t spray your yard, you’ll have all these new options for your spring and summer salads, teas, and other yummy bits…a fun reason to walk around the yard with your kids in the evening before dinner!
Dandelion: Fritters, wine, salad, mead, roasted root tea…dandelion is a powerhouse of nutrition. All parts are helpful for your liver, and we ALL need a little liver love!
Violets: these sweet purple little flowers are completely edible, and the small leaves are tasty, too. High in vitamin A! (Learn more about violets)
Daylilies: the spring shoots, buds, and roots are totally edible and delicious!
Blackberries: these are considered a nuisance bramble in many places, which boggles my mind.
Garlic Mustard: invasive and also delicious
Chickweed: an amazing healer, and a delicious cool green to add to a salad (read more about Chickweed!)
Queen Anne’s Lace: the flowers are lovely, and they also make a tasty jelly, believe it or not!
Wild Onions/Ramps: all parts are edible, the greens, the bulbs, and even the flowers!
There’s many, many more…there are probably edible plants in YOUR area that I don’t know about. See if you can find a native plant walk in your county to learn about what grows around you. Maybe you’ll come to love it, and not feel the need to remove the “weeds” so you can enjoy the fireflies and butterflies.