Wildflower In My Garden Or Is That A Damn Old Weed?

Xeriscape™ Zeroscape, Permaculture and Sustainable agriculture {Gardens and Landscapes} are popping up every where. What they all have in common is getting the most bang for your $buck. They are also nothing new! It is re-learning what our parents and grand parents knew from child hood.

In my childhood living in the country. No one had nice green grass lawns. Front yards were reserved for a few wildflowers, maybe a hollyhock or two and an assortment of native fruit bearing vines, bushes and trees. Many plants, both native and those developed, improved and planted for flowering gardens and for a food supply, vegetable gardens can be eaten raw or cooked.

When is a weed a wild flower? Well that all depends on the eye of the beholder. When it is growing where you want it to grow and produces a flower that you like seeing it’s a wild flower. Other wise it’s a weed. Almost all weeds produce wildly colorful flowers and will freely reseed and come back in greater masses next growing season.

A word of caution. Know what you are harvesting Before You eat of feed native wild plants to your family. Some native {weeds} are not fit for human consumption and some plants are out and out poisonous!

Wildflowers will grow and even thrive with little or no attention from you. You need not worry about watering, fertilizing or tilling around them. After all they were a weed before you planted it in your landscape!

Wild Sand Cherry in bloom

Wild Plum mid July

Small native bush fruiting plants like Sand Cherry and Native American plums are a great addition to your land scape. Many farmers and ranchers consider these plants to be weeds and go to great lengths to kill them out of their pastures.

After their first year or so in your land scape they will need no special care, water or fertilizers to provide a flashy show of flowers in the spring and then a nice crop of fresh fruit in late summer or early fall.

Be a good boy and eat your weeds. Many of the plants we call weeds are eatable in salads raw or cooked like Spinach. They are a healthy and free addition to any salad or home cooked meal.

Edible Weeds a PDF file By Bobbi Gustafson and Corrina Marote.

Edible Weeds and Native Plants by Healthy Home Gardening.

Edible Weeds by Landscape-America.com

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5 responses to “Wildflower In My Garden Or Is That A Damn Old Weed?

  1. Living on a well and spetic system (http://hermitsdoor.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/farm-life-septic-helper/) we have a “meadow” down hill from our cabin. I mow pathways around the cabin and to the various gates to our goat fields. Over the years, we have established columbine and daisies for Spring; Joy-Pye-Weed, Bouncing Bette, and Flox in Summer; and Goldenrod and Tansey for Fall (but not the Ragweed with which I am at war each Summer). In addition to being low maintenance (e.g. bushwacking one each Winter) and colorful, we attract a lot of beneficial insects. One year I noticed that the assault of the June Bugs abated. With a little observation, I figured out that our Jerusalem Artichokes and Goldenrod brought us hoards of Soldier Beetles, which finished off what the nematodes did not get.


  2. I love this already use it. I have mulberry trees, blackberries, dandelions, persimmons, and several other plants that grow around my property that I gather to eat. We even have a neighbor that collects morel mushrooms from my dads property one of these days I am going to ask her to show me where she finds them then place some around my Apple tree.


  3. You won’t be surprised to know I love this post! Yay for wildflowers, xeriscaping, beautiful and edible weeds, and planting for use as well as beauty.


  4. We garden on a different scale here in South East London, but the advice given here still stands; it is a great, affordable way to add colour to a front yard without running the risk of people stealing plants from it ( sadly, yes that does happen sometimes, not just in London ). It supports biodiversity and wildlife, so by not gardening you are doing a good job. And just recently on BBC 2 there was a programme about using wildflowers to improve the appearance of shared grassland around social housing with positive effects on people’s wellbeing; perhaps you can find it on BBC i-player?


  5. Very interesting. Here in Ontario herbicides are now a controlled substance. Not sure how it works, but access to them is limited unless you are a farmer. It only took effect a couple of years ago. Which means we will be seeing a lot more natural plants in fields and yards.
    I’m going to read the edible weeds links – Ive been thinking of trying some foraging around our place this spring.


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