What is bright yellow, cheerful, edible and can detoxify your liver? Yes, the little old dandelion.
Last spring I watched my then 17-month-old son pick up one of those fuzzy seed pods from the dandelion and blow again and again, having such a joyful ball! Then I watched my daughters make dandelion crowns.
Later that week I drove through the Wisconsin countryside because my hairdresser moved from Madison to New Glarus, and admired the bright yellow fields of dandelions and wondered why is it we spend money planting yellow pansies, yellow marigolds, yellow sunflowers, yellow begonias, and yet we can’t stand the sight of a yellow dandelion.
In some neighborhoods, having a yard full of dandelions is more than frowned upon. And we will subject ourselves, our children, our pets, and our environment to toxins to get rid of this yellow, cheerful, edible flower?
Related to chicory, dandelion’s historical uses include treating upset stomach, heartburn, and spleen ailments, pus enhancing immunity. Some health practitioners recommend dandelion to stimulate the liver and kidneys to filter toxins out of the blood.
So… you don’t want a garden full of dandelions, I understand, I get that….. How do you get rid of them? Since they are magnets for kids of all ages to grab and play with, let’s not spray them with one of the many popular weed-killers.
Instead, I recommend pulling them out with a dandelion picker. I bought one from Home Depot several years ago, and my kids really fight over who gets to use it. It is a great gardening tool. You don’t have to bend over, and it gets that long tap root all the way out. At the same time, it has the added advantage of aerating your lawn!