Do not eat fresh stinging nettle leaves, as this can irritate the inside of your mouth.
Purslane is an edible weed with a range of health benefits. It’s high in Omega-3 fatty acids, it’s used in traditional medicine, and it’s high in a range of vitamins, including Vitamin A, C, and more (28) .
These plants reseed and spread through the roots, so they are fast-growing and very resilient. To remove them, you have to use a combination of digging and herbicides. Warning: it can take a while.
It has a deep perennial taproot that arises close to the parent plants, which can affect growth. The best way to remove Green Alkanet is by digging deep down to the roots and hand weeding off seedlings. Then apply a mulching film to prevent germination of seedlings.
24. Stinging Nettle
You can ingest it by making a tea or cooking it into a soup, stew, or stir fry.
Do not eat plantain plants if you have previously treated it with pesticides.
If you find it in your yard, you can rinse the fresh leaves and eat them, either raw or cooked. Many people use them in cooked dishes like stir-fries and soups. You can even infuse them in oil to use as skincare, like lip balms and lotions.
21. Lamb’s Quarter
Weeds can both harm and help out your plants. They can protect and fertilize the soil, as well as attracting helpful insects. But they can also steal important nutrients from your plants, invite the wrong kind of parasites and take up vital space that your plants need to grow.
Here’s a weed you may not want to kill. It was brought over from Europe for medicinal purposes (16) . It can be used as a supplement, a skincare product, or even as tea. It has a range of health benefits, including healing wounds, reducing inflammation, and improved digestion.
The flowers of stinging nettle plants are inconspicuous. You'll pay plenty of attention to its barbs, however, if you're unfortunate enough to brush against stinging nettle! The discomfort these weeds can cause seems incongruous with the fact that stinging nettle is edible. But the young leaves of stinging nettle are, indeed, cooked and eaten by wild foods enthusiasts. Just be sure to pick at the right time and prepare properly to ensure safe consumption.
Being an annual weed, crabgrass perpetuates itself via seed—millions of seeds. To control crabgrass, you’ll need to address the issue in spring when the plant is at its most vulnerable. The best option to kill crabgrass is to remove the plants by hand, roots and all. After that, use an organic fertilizer to encourage the growth of lawn grass which will crown the crabgrass out.
While many consider clover a “weed,” there’s really nothing wrong with having a little clover mixed into your lawn. The Irish consider various tripartite clover leaves (such as the one in the photo here) to be “shamrocks.” The tradition behind the shamrock is quite distinct from that behind four-leaf clovers.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Here are 17 types of weeds you might encounter in your garden.
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Several of these weeds can cause rashes. Use proper clothing and gloves when working around these weeds, or enlist professional help to eradicate them.