To keep your garden or vegetable patch clean, it is necessary to weed to prevent the installation of weeds. However, some of them are misnamed.
This is particularly the case with dandelions. This wild plant, which flowers from early spring until late autumn, is essential for biodiversity. And for good reason, it is nectariferous and polliniferous, and therefore very attractive to bees. Not to mention that dandelion leaves, rich in vitamin C, can be enjoyed in a salad, in a soup, or as an infusion.
Another ally of your garden: the nettle. We are often tempted to pull it out because of its small stinging hairs, even though this plant from the Urticaceae family has many virtues. It enriches the soil on which it grows and fertilizes it. All this by attracting butterflies and ladybugs, insects that help fight aphids, small creatures that can do serious damage to your plants.
Also called “wild artichoke”, milk thistle is also often not welcome in the garden. However, like the nettle, this species of plants of the Asteraceae family helps to keep away a good number of pests that love to discover your plantations, such as slugs or snails. In addition, this weed has been used since ancient times to relieve digestive disorders.
Nicknamed donkey’s ears or even cow’s tongue, comfrey, a plant with large thick and hairy leaves, contains many nutrients essential to plants. Rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, it is a very useful natural fertilizer in the vegetable garden. In addition, comfrey is also known for its medicinal properties. It promotes wound healing and relieves joint and muscle pain.
Finally, we can cite wild chicory. This herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family attracts pollinating insects and has multiple health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and thus contributes to the fight against oxidative stress and cellular aging. Drinking an infusion of chicory also helps to restore your appetite after an illness and to evacuate toxins from the liver.