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Dandelion....a weed?

We are coming up on that time of year when everything is thawing out and planting season is right around the corner. Flowers begin to bloom, birds start singing. Vibrant colors abound. The beautiful yellow flower of the dandelion starts popping up everywhere. While most folks focus on growing a lawn instead of a garden may view this as a nuisance weed it is far more than your average weed. The dandelion is a beneficial plant not only for human consumption for its high level of polyphenols. But it is also a free and abundant source of nutrients for growing other plants in your garden.

Dandelions contain minerals like iron,calcium,magnesium and potassium. As well as vitamins A,C,K plus small amounts of vitamin B.

Dandelions can be found almost everywhere.These plants can be harvested first thing in the morning before the heat of the day and sun shines directly on them. The entire plant including the roots contain vitamins and minerals. The flower itself contains a majority of the nutrients but it's entirely up to you on what parts of the plant you wish to harvest.

To make these plants bio available for nutrient uptake this will require fermentation.

Once you have harvested your dandelions the next step is to weigh them. You will also need equal amounts of brown if possible.

Chop or cut the dandelion into small pieces to increase surface area for contact with brown sugar.

Mix them together thoroughly. Osmotic pressure is created between the plant material and the sugar source.

Once mixed together put a small amount of brown sugar on the surface forming a sugar cap.

Keep this mixture in a container with a breathable lid away from direct light for 7 to 14 days.

Once the fermentation process is over, Strain the solids out and feed them to your compost pile or worm bin.

The liquid left over can be made shelf stable by super saturating it with more brown sugar or stored without more sugar being added in your refrigerator with a breathable lid for up to a year.

This can be used at 4 to 8 mils per gallon of non chlorinated water as a foliar spray or soil drench.

There are many more beneficial plants that mother nature provides for us to use as stewards of earth. Dandelion is just one of many. We encourage you when ever possible to wild craft and source your materials locally.

Just a friendly reminder...when you take from mother nature and her resources. Leave something in return.

We collect local leaf mold from forests in our area for their beneficial microbes. We always bring garbage bags to pick up litter left by local hunters and fisherman and hikers.

Returning the favor to nature for providing us these gifts is never a bad thing.

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