Go wild: lower your grocery bill with a weed garden

Chances are if you have a garden, or anything growing in your yard, then you probably have weeds growing too.

Instead of going to all the hard work of pulling, cutting back or spraying them with weed killer, take the easy way out and turn it into a weed garden that you can easily harvest and eat. Hey, it's a growing trend, you know, as WalletPop has reported recently.

According to a Planet Green Web site story, weed gardens don't take much work -- which is enough to attract most gardeners -- and the weeds will kill the other plants that get into their territory. Even if you forget about watering and other chores, the pesky weeds will survive.

Cooking with weeds may not sound appetizing, but You Grow Girl has a list of favorite garden weeds to eat, and some have qualities you may never have known about.

The leaves of a dandelion, for example, can be eaten raw or cooked and is especially tasty in the fall. The roots can be harvested anytime and pickled in apple cider vinegar. And dandelion flower wine sounds interesting.
The University of Vermont has tips on creating a weed garden, although the weeds you already have may be enough.

Here are the basics:

  • Plenty of sun. Weeds thrive in the sun, so prepare the land as you would a regular garden.
  • Keep the weed patch away from the property line and all plants that are valuable to you.
  • Create a one-foot border of fallow ground around the weed patch. Put stones a foot deep to prevent the weed's roots from getting out.
  • Keep the weed population in check by cutting them in half after they flower.
It sounds like odd advice, but you'll have to weed your weed garden. Just don't let it turn into more work than a regular garden.
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