The Biodiverse Lawn
Jun 29, 2020 09:35AM
By Wendy Fachon
Nature as the alternative
Upon close inspection, the natural composition of a chemical-free lawn includes many tiny delightful flowers—white, yellow, blue and violet—hidden amid the green. The flowers, with their uniquely-shaped leaves, provide clues to identify which plants are edible.
Most of them are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and many offer medicinal value. Sheep sorrel makes a delicious French sorrel soup, and it has been historically used to treat inflammation, scurvy, cancer and diarrhea. The leaves and flowers of the common blue violet can be added to salads or used to make an infusion to soothe a cough and sore throat. Dandelion greens can be sautéed with garlic, mixed into smoothies or consumed raw to aid digestion. Dandelion root tea stimulates the flow of bile, helps with mineral absorption and soothes the stomach lining.
The Story Walking Radio Hour explores this topic with guest Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of the Weeds, which presents 13 such common weeds that grow everywhere. Valuable information about each weed includes recipes for food, medicine and self-care. Blair shows how common weeds, growing in the grass or vegetable garden, are a free and abundant source of sustenance for humans and for one another.
Wendy Fachon is host of the Story Walking Radio Hour. Listen to her interview with Katrina Blair at DreamVisions7Radio.com/the-story-walking-radio-hour-with-wendy-fachon. Learn more about Story Walking at NetwalkRI.com or StoryWalking.com.