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Has anyone here tried a dandelion garden?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Where I live (Ohio, US) they grow like weeds even in bad soil. I can only imagine how they'd respond to rich fertile soil.

Free leafy greens all summer? I just bought some from the store and was reminded of how delicious they are.

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:48 AM

Oh yeah, I also use powdered pectin only. I just don't seem to have much luck with the liquid stuff.

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:30 AM

1+ @ Travis. lol paleo = paradigm shift

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^lol paleo = paradigm shift.

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on February 25, 2013
at 12:52 AM

First time I've ever seen weeds described as growing like weeds. Will try eating them next time I have the chance. They appear to be fairly nutritious as well.

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on February 25, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Here's the recipe I base mine off of - I use half chamomile and half dandelion when I make the combo flavor, lime juice instead of lemon, no food coloring, and about a third or fourth less sugar. :) http://www.prairielandherbs.com/dandelionjelly.htm

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:48 PM

I look it up online. When something sprouts up, I'll describe the flowers/leaves in Google and look through images until I find a match. Last year we had these reaally interesting plat come up that I was hoping was edible, but it turned out to be nightshade! There are books about foraging available, but I haven't gotten around to buying one.

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Hit me up on FB :) /damnitsgoodtobeagangsta

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:31 PM

I am intrigued. Do you have a resource for foraging? (I can recognize a couple of things, but I'm mostly terrified of picking something poisonous by accident.)

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:29 PM

Dandelion jelly! Brilliant! I'm going to have to try that this summer.

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:21 PM

i would love that!

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on February 24, 2013
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I make the jelly with the flowers, not the leaves. :) I do a lot of floral flavors like honeysuckle and hibiscus. I usually do chamomile-dandelion, and it has a bit of a light cinnamon flavor. If you really want some, I would be happy to send you a jar later this year after I can make more. :)

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at 06:10 PM

dendelion jelly sounds gross and yet i wanna try it

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92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

on February 24, 2013
at 05:58 PM

I live in Ohio. I tried to "gather" some dandelions in my backyard. Pick them when they are still young in the spring not summer before the flowers blossom. By summer, dandelion leaves get too bitter and tough.

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on February 24, 2013
at 05:16 PM

No, because they spread like weeds as well, and I think it would be tough to get them to stay OUT of the rest of your garden/yard. :)

My neighbors are always cool with me going in their yards and picking dandelions and dandelion greens, though, so I get plenty. I just make sure that I don't pick too close to the road (auto fumes) and that the neighbors that I pick from aren't using pesticides and stuff on their yards. In exchange, I usually give them a little something out of my garden, a jar of fermented veggies a jar of my dandelion jelly. Yah, yah, jelly is not Paleo :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on February 24, 2013
at 06:16 PM

I make the jelly with the flowers, not the leaves. :) I do a lot of floral flavors like honeysuckle and hibiscus. I usually do chamomile-dandelion, and it has a bit of a light cinnamon flavor. If you really want some, I would be happy to send you a jar later this year after I can make more. :)

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:21 PM

i would love that!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Hit me up on FB :) /damnitsgoodtobeagangsta

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:29 PM

Dandelion jelly! Brilliant! I'm going to have to try that this summer.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on February 25, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Here's the recipe I base mine off of - I use half chamomile and half dandelion when I make the combo flavor, lime juice instead of lemon, no food coloring, and about a third or fourth less sugar. :) http://www.prairielandherbs.com/dandelionjelly.htm

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on February 25, 2013
at 02:48 AM

Oh yeah, I also use powdered pectin only. I just don't seem to have much luck with the liquid stuff.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 24, 2013
at 06:10 PM

dendelion jelly sounds gross and yet i wanna try it

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on February 25, 2013
at 03:02 AM

I've grown a lot of greens in Ohio. If you can cultivate them to get them in the spring in decent numbers, they'll be best. Perhaps if you can get start some seeds indoors, you could grow them in cooler weather, then put the whole crop in a trash can before they bolt. They'll still go to seed in the trash, but won't annoy your neighbors as badly.

By the time dandelions really get going around here, you're well into bitter greens weather, which is why I'm not keen on foraging for that kind of green. If you're like my Greek father-in-law, you like 'em bitter so maybe that's not a problem. For a similar taste, endive plantings might be easier to get your hands on and you can grow them in a planter that you can put in the shade if it gets too hot.

Oh, but we've had some wonderful seasons for greens in Ohio if you know how to time their growing. Cool weather makes excellent greens and some greens survive the surprise early frosts we can get. I had a bed of chard that hung on past the new year. Getting lucky with an extended spring or some volunteers that start early is wonderful. I'll let a bed of greens get hearty toward the end of the summer, then cut them back so the whole bed can sprout up fast in cooler weather (it's a good way to thwart pests, too). It's an excellent state for greens under the right conditions.

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on February 24, 2013
at 09:48 PM

I have dandelion and common mallow that sprout up wherever they please. When they do, I harvest them and enjoy them in my salads. I don't bother trying to cultivate them as they are weeds that choose not to be tamed.

Like coffeesnob said, harvest the dandelion leaves early and young. They become bitter when they get too big or it's too late in the season. Common mallow is very interesting. The leaves look similar to geranium leaves, but are slightly fuzzy. There was a choke factor the first time I fed them to my family, but we got used to it and salads seem to be missing something without them!

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:31 PM

I am intrigued. Do you have a resource for foraging? (I can recognize a couple of things, but I'm mostly terrified of picking something poisonous by accident.)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on February 24, 2013
at 10:48 PM

I look it up online. When something sprouts up, I'll describe the flowers/leaves in Google and look through images until I find a match. Last year we had these reaally interesting plat come up that I was hoping was edible, but it turned out to be nightshade! There are books about foraging available, but I haven't gotten around to buying one.

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