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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Teeth of Lions

Dandelions. Dent-de- lion.... supposedly a plant that came over from Europe. The leaves resembles the jagged teeth of lions. Supposedly very rich in vitamins and can be eaten as salad greens. The plant in itself, is useful. You can make wine with the nodding yellow heads that when dried up, turn into puffballs to spread their seed. Images of faeries hitching a ride from garden to garden on the dandelion seeds. The roots, if you dry them up and roast them, makes a good coffee substitute- very much like chicory. They are also taking over my garden. For three years, I have fought the urge to decimate them. I will dig them up- I have an organic garden. I am not crazy about poisoning them. After all, they (the dandelions) have been here long before I have. I discovered this when two years ago, I decided I was going to plant pumpkins. I dug up a patch in the back of one of the sheds, and found dandelion roots so torturous and twisted and fat as the size of my thumbs-. There they were, broken white fingers bleeding white sap amidst the dark dirt. I dug out what I could but in the back of my mind, I knew that this was futile.

I have been digging the little buggers out of my yard the last few days. I have broken two metal dandelion picks and I have giant blister in the middle of my palm from where I press the pick into the ground.I have garden bag full of dandelion plants, dug up. I am heading to the store for the dandelion bar. I cannot do this on my own. There just is simply too many dandelions for me to cope on my own.

This is the garden after the mowing:
(the dandelions are still there, the leaves and flowers are gone but the tenacious tap roots are there, waiting to sprout out new leaves to feed the beast)


Phyllis said...

You are amazing, no wonder you're all blistered, you've dug up thousands of dandelions! Wonderful pictures!

Jan said...

I'm sorry about your hands. Nice yard. I commend your tenacity! Thanks on the heads up on your blog!

Kimmie said...

Wow - you are not kidding are you! You may have an organized civilization a hundred years old there :)

You may need roto-tiller - a couple of times!

Honour said...

oh, I know it's hard work... but think about all of the pumpkin pies, pumpkin soups, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones we could make if you could get rid of those dandelions!

You know - you could just pay some kids to dig them out - give them like - 40 cents per root or something.