Useful gardening information
Highly nutritious and known to treat a variety of ailments, dandelion is a great plant to grow in your garden.
From heart problems to acne, liver diseases to eye conditions, most people are unaware that this weed has higher amounts of potassium than bananas and more vitamin A than carrots.
Dandelion is also reported to have anti-rheumatic capacities. It is also a powerful diuretic with additional laxative properties. Good for hepatic and gallbladder conditions, digestive complaints, as well as general constipation.
Does well in virtually all US growing zones, with the exception of extreme conditions.
Plant the dandelion seeds in early spring in well-drained, fertile soil. Plant seeds directly in the garden 1/4 inch deep in the soil in single rows, about 8 inches.
You can harvest the greens throughout the growing season. Roots can be harvested in the fall of the second year of growth. Pull the entire root from the ground and avoid breakage.
Dry roots in an oven or in the sun. Leaves can be eaten raw, or blanched by tying them up and banding the leaves. This will cause the inner leaves to turn white and sweet. The outer leaves are edible, but as the summer progresses, become bitter.
Can be dried and stored as any herb or spice in an air-tight container.
Contains a vast realm of chemical compounds and plant carotenoids, including caffeic, linoleic, linolenic, oleic, and palmitic acids, as well as the minerals potassium, iron, silicon, magnesium, sodium, and zinc, and the vitamins A, B, C, and D.
Links to useful information on the web:
How to grow and harvest dandelion
How to grow dandelion indoors in containers
HT107 Dandelion ( Taraxacum officinale )
This familiar weed is also a very useful herb. Can be eaten as a potherb, it has been used for bile secretion, lowering blood pressure, urinary infections, loss of appetite and dyspeptic complaints. A perennial plant for zones 3-8.
1A050 Catalogna Special Italian Dandelion
( Cichorium intybus )
A new type of green from Johnny Seeds ( Catalogna ) that is taking green lovers by storm. The
large leaves are more tasty and nutritious than any green you've ever tried.
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