March 28, 2012 - Weed Appreciation Day

A weed is any plant that you don't want growing in your yard, field, or garden. Basically, we plant the grass and flowers and vegetables and crops we want to grow and enjoy, harvest and eat—and then wild plants invade and compete with our plants for sunlight and water. Darn those weeds!


Some people point out that weeds can be pretty...

...and fun...

...and even useful or tasty!

Wildlife often depends on the plants we call weeds, and in times of famine, people have sometimes survived by eating what those in better times would consider weeds, such as dandelions and clover.

Today is the day to cultivate a greater appreciation for weeds!

  • Check out Dave's Garden for a great viewpoint about “weeds.”
  • Some weeds are classified as “noxious” because they are poisonous to animals, spread very quickly, and eliminate native plants. This coloring page features the tansy ragwort, which is one example of a noxious weed—but it also features a creature who eats the poisonous plant!
  • Here is an experiment to run about plant competition—which is what it's all about when we talk about weeds!
  • Did you know that you can eat every part of the dandelion? Here is a recipe for dandelion fritters. You can also make dandelion lemonade.
  • This page on clover is part of Squidoo's “Edible Weeds in Los Angeles” series. 

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