dandy lion

Dandelions have been a scourge to the individual homeowner since the advent of the individual homeowner’s lawn. I can remember growing up on Connecticut and learning that you have to push the dandelion tool very deep in the ground to get the whole root, otherwise it would grow back. Mom abhorred dandelions, but I think even she knew it was a losing battle. Of course as a kid I loved them, how you could flick them with your thumb at your best friend when he wasn’t looking, or blow the seeds and watch them float across the yard. Imagine my surprise when I learned, years later, that they were good to eat. If you’ve ever taken the time to watch a dandelion, you will know that it is one of the first sources in the spring for nectar for the winged creatures in our world. And more research shows that dandelions have long since been an important medicinal plant in many countries…except here in America where they continue to be a scourge to the pristine lawn that everyone expects.

It amazes me how much energy and thought is put into eradication something that has been labeled a “pest”. Millions of dollars are spent each year developing and purchasing pesticides to try to make these little guys die. It is mind boggling.

So today’s post is about the dandelion, that wonderful yellow-flowered, deep-rooted wondrously healthy plant that everyone hates. Isn’t it beautiful? I think I will probably stop worrying so much about them in the lawn…the garden? well that may be a different matter. The jury is still out on that one.

dandelion close up with a bee with another beeIf you want to know more here are a couple of links:

For information on what the dandelion is good for:

http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Summer2007/Dandelions/tabid/756/Default.aspx

For a history of lawns:

http://www.planetnatural.com/organic-lawn-care-101/history/

5 thoughts on “dandy lion

  1. Do you know why people hated the dandelions? When the first weed killers came out, they killed the dandelions although no one had minded them. So the weed killer people launched a campaign to convince people that dandelions were ugly in a lawn.

  2. I love blowing on the dandelion seeds but I have to admit that I do remove the dandelions from my lawn. In French, they are called “pis-en-it” which means pee in bed. An odd name but I think it has to do with the plants diuretic properties. Dandelion is a much prettier name, no?

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