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Knowing Your Weeds in your Home Garden

by Justine Crowley (follow)
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An awesome garden is possible all round. It's small stuff in retrospect. Don't sweat the small stuff.


Truly, how does your garden grow? Is it always blooming with flowers, or are you forever removing weeds? Believe it or not, the right fertiliser and garden equipment is worth its weight in gold. Seek advice from any reputable nursery. They will most likely steer you in the right direction. Furthermore, how often you do your gardening means the easier it is to pull out the right weeds to benefit you. Weeds can be removed chemically, or (preferably) they can be removed manually.

Before delving into the different types of weeds to look out for in your home garden; it is critical to check and double check your weed/s before pulling out. They could be poisonous. Endeavour to also pick your weeds before they flower, and only pluck newer looking leaves. Now to the different types of weeds and their benefits. The ones you'll be pleased to pull out of your home garden:

1. Chickweed (Stellaria Media)

Great to add to any salad dish. Ensure you chop the stems finely to avoid excessive stringiness. You can identify this weed from some hairs that grow on the back of a stem. Just like a mohawk. Great for healing skin complications such as eczema, and to heal mosquito bites.



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What chickweed looks like


2. Mallow (Malva Parviflora)

A great source of spinach. You should pick the pale green leaves towards the top of the plant to avoid a leathery palette for cooking. This weed enhances the life of the soil underneath. Wear protective gloves while cutting/pulling this one out.



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What mallow looks like


3. Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

A popular weed, and great for healing many health issues naturally. A great coffee alternative, and is also great with omelettes.



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What dandelion looks like


4. Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea)

A weed that is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and jam packed with vitamins A, C and E. Can be eaten either raw or cooked. Perfect to combine with vegetables such as roast pumpkin and tomato to name. If you're pregnant, avoid consuming this weed like the plague. Why? This weed contains a high amount of oxalic acid, known to cause some stomach/digestive issues.



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What purslane looks like


5. Nettle (Urtica Urens)

The tallest plant with dark green leaves. This weed stings. Please take care when removing this one, and wearing sturdy gloves is a must. Once 'de-stung' so to speak, this plant is a great source of antioxidants, as well as for alleviating sore joints.



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What nettle looks like


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