Gardening can sometimes seem a battle against those plants we consider weeds which want to grow in our carefully-prepared spaces for flowers and vegetables. But, say ethnobotanical researcher Anna Canning and gardener/composter Elizabeth Woodcock, there are other ways to look at it. Those weeds were in the past used as fine sources of nutrition and fresh flavour for the kitchen. They are also essential in enriching the soil made possible through composting – and in supporting wildlife like pollinators and insects.
As a native food source for all, say the speakers, it’s time to look at weeds with a fresh perspective – one that sees them helping the garden to be more alive, and happier and healthier all round.
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