Dandelions and Permaculture

By on December 16, 2014

How are dandelions used in Permaculture?  Well, they are an interesting and important part of the Permacluture world.  Paul Wheaton (permies.com)does a great job of pulling together several people to talk about dandelions.  Eden Gal from True Nature Farm in Boulder, Utah starts off by telling us about how dandelions will soften soil.

Alexia Allen of Hawthorn Farm in Woodinville, Washington shows a polyculture with a lot of garlic and some huge dandelions. She finds a dandelion leaf that is more than half her height. And eat it. She talks about which leaves are less bitter and how her taste for bitter has developed as she has gotten older.

Toby Hemenway, the author of the popular permaculture book “Gaia’s Garden” explains how the dislike of dandelion is due to the desire of an unnatural single species of grass for a lawn. He talks about how the dandelion will show up in compacted soil, and solve that compaction problem. And he covers how dandelions will share the nutrients they find down deep with their neighboring polyculture plants.

There are many others that talk about how dandelions are used in Permaculture, take a look:

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