The snowbanks melted away in the soft rains, and after plenty of raking, the yard is finally in shades of green rather than brown. We don’t have a big yard, and most of it is lawn, but I’ve noticed a few herbs to get acquainted with. I dug a few dozen dandelion roots on a sunny day last week, and will continue to dig roots until they start to bloom. My mom doesn’t want them in the lawn – so it’s a win-win. The dandelions will prevail anyway, there is no way I’ll be able to dig them all up! I’ll start collecting greens for eating as soon as they’re large enough too. If I’m lucky, I’ll get lots of blooms and make infused oil!
The herb I’m going to try for tonight’s dinner is a type of cress – winter cress, I believe. I think I’ll boil it first, then cook it up with eggs as a frittata. I found a few patches of sorrel I’ll try later in the week. My mom thinks I’m crazy, but she’s happy to have the “weeds” go. I’ve saved a few patches of St. John’s Wort I found on the fringes of the flower gardens, and some yarrow, and instructed her that native plants are good for pollinators and they are now part of the garden. As long as I can keep everything looking nice, they’ll get to stay.
I’m also excited to have found both narrow and broad leaf plantain, and many tiny mullein rosettes! The mullein will have to go, sadly, as they are located in the middle of the lawn, but I’ll try to salvage the roots, and let the leaves grow as much as possible before I dig them up! Even our small lawn is a wealth of health ❤