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What I Do With Dandelions in My Lawn

Some people really hate it when they see dandelions in their lawns. Not me. I welcome them. I'll admit that freaks my gardener out, though. I remember the day he suggested we needed to spray the lawn to get rid of them. I don't think he was happy with my veto. I told him I actually like the dandelions. What's not to love? They are pretty yellow flowers, they feed the bees, and I can eat them, too. I photographed this bee foraging on my dandelions this morning.

I took this photo of my lawn on Monday evening, the day before the gardener was due on Tuesday. I want to show you how fast a dandelion crop can grow. I didn't have time to harvest Monday, and I was afraid I wouldn't get many flowers to snack on again soon.

I took the photo.

I took this photo on Tuesday evening, after the gardener had mowed the lawn and left. You can see that the tops of most of the dandelions are gone. No harvest there.

I took the photo.

I took the photo below this morning, only two days after the lawn was cut. When I finish this I will be ready for lunch. I just picked a fourth of a cup of dandelion flowers while I was waiting for the gallery to load, rinsed them off, and have them ready to eat as my vegetable or throw them in a salad if I want to make one. They are actually slightly sweet, and I have already started to just nibble on them as they are. By the way, that large yellow flower near the lower end of the photo is a gazania. It also grew back pretty quickly. It is not edible, but I've considered changing my whole lawn to drought tolerant gazanias, dandelions, and creeping rosemary and tansy. Sure would save on water.

I took the photo.

If you want a close-up, just click on it. I had to reduce the size to be able to write below it. The whole idea of showing you this photos is to demonstrate how fast the dandelions make new flowers. Since edible front yards are the new trend, I'm doing my part. I don't eat the greens from the lawn dandelions because they are old, small, and probably very bitter because of their age. But the flowers are just right to munch on. Try it some time (if they haven't been sprayed) for a free and nutritious snack.

Have you ever tried to eat a dandelion flower?

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paigea wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:40 PM

I tried eating the dandeion flowers but did not like them. I gather the young leaves in the spring and saute them and add to a pasta dish. I bought dandelion root tea at the health food store for quiet a price so I want to harvest that.

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JustMe wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:44 PM

I've read that dandelion tea is very good for you healthwise. How do you eat them? Do you use them in salads?

LindaCPearson wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:44 PM

I've had plenty of dandelions in my yard over the years. Last year the yard was totally taken over so I must admit, I had them sprayed. I've never tried eating dandelions and I hope I don't have any this year!

alexdg1 wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:51 PM

I've never eaten dandelions, but I do remember that the late Ray Bradbury wrote a book called "Dandelion Wine."

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:16 PM

I have never tried them but do keep meaning to try making wine from them. Maybe this summer

Paulie wrote on March 19, 2015, 11:17 PM

I have never tried to eat dandelions, but my uncle used to make wine from them. The problem with dandelions is that they are like a cancer and just take over the green lawn unless you pull them out or kill them with spray. They really have some deep roots.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on March 20, 2015, 12:52 AM

I'm trying to remember to try dandelions when they come out this year. Do you cook them or use them raw?

MegL wrote on March 20, 2015, 3:43 AM

No, never tried them. As a child we were always told that they would make you "wet" the bed! I recently saw an article (Tsu?) on someone making dandelion tea. I am not sure if camomile is drought resistant but it is supposed to be a good lawn.

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 20, 2015, 7:47 AM

I have never munched on the dandelions or their flower ,but this can't keep me from being thrilled when I see so many dandelions.You see ,the candelion is a great herbal medicine ,over here which is used to treat sorethroad ,conjunctivitis ,snake bite ,etc.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:08 AM

Dandelions are really pretty flowers, but I´m afraid I cannot bear them growing anywhere but in the wild. I have never tried eating them.

LeaPea2417 wrote on March 20, 2015, 11:19 AM

Yes the leaves can be eaten, and even though they are pesky as Spring and Summer come around, there is something pretty about them.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:49 PM

Most people use the flowers for wine, but I don't like wine, so I just eat them raw. I only use the tender leaves.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:50 PM

I have used them in salads. I also just pick the flowers, rinse, and eat.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:51 PM

To each his own. I would just as soon get rid of the grass and keep what's edible or at least pretty.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:54 PM

I haven't read that. Maybe I should. He didn't mention that book when I met him.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:54 PM

Let us know how it goes.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:56 PM

The dried, ground roots are supposed to be good coffee substitutes. I don't like coffee, so I've never tried it. I stick to young leaves and flowers.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:57 PM

I do a bit of both. I think I posted on tsu the link to the article I wrote on Seekyt on how I eat the weeds. If not, I will.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 9:59 PM

I wouldn't mind having that in my lawn. I wonder if it's drought resistant. I've never been able to get very much of it to grow for me.

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BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 10:01 PM

I know people will think I'm nuts, but I actually just spread some seeds in my flower beds.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 10:02 PM

I wonder why people hate these flowers so much.

BarbRad wrote on March 20, 2015, 10:02 PM

I guess we've see from the comments that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on March 21, 2015, 2:10 AM

That would be handy. They haven't come out here yet, but they will soon.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 21, 2015, 7:31 AM

Because leaving them to grow in flower beds makes people think you are a lazy gardener emoticon :winking:

CalmGemini wrote on March 21, 2015, 8:34 AM

I love to look at them.I think they are beautiful.Sometimes more beautiful than some of the flowers we grow.I do not usually eat them.

valmnz wrote on March 21, 2015, 5:57 PM

If I didn't have the dandelions in my lawn the lawn would look pretty empty as the weeds have taken over the grass. I've never eaten dandelion flowers. Do you really just pick them, rinse and eat?

BarbRad wrote on March 22, 2015, 3:09 AM

I glad to find someone else who appreciates them, even if you don't want to eat them.

BarbRad wrote on March 22, 2015, 3:11 AM

Yes. I did that for two days straight. I was to busy to gather them today. They won't taste like candy, and I think the earlier in the morning you pick them, the better they are. By mid afternoon, they see to disappear.

jamarse wrote on April 29, 2015, 6:47 AM

Dandelion flowers and leaves are both very tasty and nutritious, the roots can be dried and a coffee substitute made. Personally, I like to make dandelion wine!

Ruby3881 wrote on May 13, 2015, 9:11 AM

I have indeed eaten dandelion flowers! We've used the petals in salads and in baking.

BarbRad wrote on May 15, 2015, 2:59 AM

I've been less hungry for them since I noticed a neighbor's dog doing his business on my lawn. The neighbor does not pick up after the dog.

BarbRad wrote on May 15, 2015, 3:00 AM

Next time I have salad I'll have to remember those flowers, along with my borage and calendula flowers, are there.