Burdock

After some quick research I have come to the conclusion that my garden spot has Burdock in it. Burdock is a biennial and related to the Dandelion. This picture is not from my garden as mine is just coming up now and I’m keeping it cut back.After digging up one root, me and burdock were NOT friends.

     Last year it grew and grew and I didn’t mind it much. I became too pregnant to worry about weeds. Although… The burdock did grow large and irritated me a bit, it was what it was. Even when not pregnant I am not one to pull every “weed” I see. After all, some things we label weeds can benefit the garden. I suppose even this obnoxious Burdock done my garden some good. I know its big leaves covered the ground and enhanced my soil and incouraged worms into that area. That’s a plus. 

     Maybe it’s not so bad after all, especially since I learned it’s not really nessary to dig out the roots, which can go about three feet down. Thank goodness for that. Although, the choice is yours because both the roots and leaves are edible and are prized for many benefits, including blood purifying and hair and skin tonic. Wow, im kinda liking it know, but not sure I’m gonna go out and harvest just yet as I would not know what to do with it. Since I do not want it in my garden I will keep it cut back to the ground till it stops coming up and I will not have to work so hard digging up those roots. Since it’s a biennial it survives for two years and will flower and create its seeds the second year and when it’s done it dies. So if I kill it before it flowers it should die and not spread. 

     I hope to continue to learn more about Burdock it’s uses. Maybe one day I will not mind digging up the roots so much. I enjoy learning about food and medicine that can be found  growing wild in nature. Have you ever ate Burdock or used it in any way? Please let me know in the comments, and happy gardening!