Weeds: our top 5 to conserve and promote

Let’s change our perspective on these "weeds" which can, in addition to being beautiful, have many virtues.

Do not get rid of them anymore, they are very useful!

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1. Dandelion: the little sun in the garden

"The war on dandelions is useless ”, launches the gardener-chronicler Franck Prost at the Jardins en Seine fair. "Leave them alone!" », Corroborates the landscape designer Jean-Marc Jodogne.

These "lion's teeth" are indeed a precious aid for the survival of bees and other pollinating insects, which feed on them abundantly from the beginning of spring. They are also edible for humans: in salads, in jam, in a pan, in herbal tea ... everything is good in the dandelion, flower, leaf and root.

On the beauty side, you can treat yourself to a bath of dandelions in decoction ... It is beneficial for the skin and to detoxify the body.

2. Nettle: the plant of the future

As precious for humans as it is for the garden, thenettle is really a plant to (re)-discover! It is possible to learn to pick it with bare hands and to bite it straight away, but you can also prepare it: nettle is a particularly nutritious wild plant, highly mineralizing and energizing, which is also excellent to eat raw, cooked. , in juice or herbal tea.

It is also a good food for chickens.

In the garden, nettle is a blessing for butterflies. It is also a great compost activator, a natural fertilizer where it grows spontaneously, and above all, the star ingredient of the unparalleled nettle manure. Just that ? No, its stem can be used for making paper and fabric!

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3. Plantain: to play, taste and heal

Your children may be throwing their buttons while making a little vegetable bow! Do you know that these same flower buds are eaten? In early spring, their taste resembles that of mushrooms and its young leaves can be eaten in a salad or in a pan.

If all the plantains are edible, the ones in your garden may be too bitter. In this case, sow the most tasty Corn de Cerf * plantain.

Plantain also has medicinal properties: as a poultice, the sap of its leaves soothes burns, stings or other ailments; in infusion, it treats respiratory ailments.

4. Clover: a real lucky charm

Its white or red flowers represent a feast for biodiversity: a great source of nutrients for butterfly caterpillars, bees and bumblebees ...

For us, in infusion, red clover is diuretic and cough suppressant; it contains trace elements and vitamins.

In the garden, white clover is also a green manure of choice… And it remains very decorative in the grass!

5. Purslane: to devour

This creeping plant known to Mediterranean gardens is also a staple of the Cretan diet!

Very rich in omega3, purslane is indeed excellent for the heart and helps cleanse the body: consume it in a salad or in a pan.

Like the clover, it is an interesting ground cover ... even a pretty plant to grow in a pot! Sow it from March to September.

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

Visual credits: Dandelion: © Elenathewise - Nettle: © Ondrej83 - Plantain: © Eallko - Clover: © Philip Steury - Purslane: © RukiMedia -

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