What I Do With Dandelions in My Lawn
Some people really hate it when they see dandelions in their lawns. Not me. I welcome them. I'll admit that freaks my gardener out, though. I remember the day he suggested we needed to spray the lawn to get rid of them. I don't think he was happy with my veto. I told him I actually like the dandelions. What's not to love? They are pretty yellow flowers, they feed the bees, and I can eat them, too. I photographed this bee foraging on my dandelions this morning.
I took this photo of my lawn on Monday evening, the day before the gardener was due on Tuesday. I want to show you how fast a dandelion crop can grow. I didn't have time to harvest Monday, and I was afraid I wouldn't get many flowers to snack on again soon.
I took this photo on Tuesday evening, after the gardener had mowed the lawn and left. You can see that the tops of most of the dandelions are gone. No harvest there.
I took the photo below this morning, only two days after the lawn was cut. When I finish this I will be ready for lunch. I just picked a fourth of a cup of dandelion flowers while I was waiting for the gallery to load, rinsed them off, and have them ready to eat as my vegetable or throw them in a salad if I want to make one. They are actually slightly sweet, and I have already started to just nibble on them as they are. By the way, that large yellow flower near the lower end of the photo is a gazania. It also grew back pretty quickly. It is not edible, but I've considered changing my whole lawn to drought tolerant gazanias, dandelions, and creeping rosemary and tansy. Sure would save on water.
If you want a close-up, just click on it. I had to reduce the size to be able to write below it. The whole idea of showing you this photos is to demonstrate how fast the dandelions make new flowers. Since edible front yards are the new trend, I'm doing my part. I don't eat the greens from the lawn dandelions because they are old, small, and probably very bitter because of their age. But the flowers are just right to munch on. Try it some time (if they haven't been sprayed) for a free and nutritious snack.
Have you ever tried to eat a dandelion flower?
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