Monday, May 19, 2014

Dandelions are good for you and your soil. Vermont

Celebrating dandelions- a childhood favorite chosen for its beauty, availability, fragrance, and seed blowing fun. 

Dandelions are the most unappreciated flower among adults. Flowers, leaves, are healthy food; roots used to make a coffee like drink. Roots pull nutrients from deep down to upper soils.  

Feed a child's soul - let the dandelions grow, and bloom, and go to seed. 

Herbicides, and pesticides harm dandelions, wildlife, and children. 

Instead, plant clover which pulls nitrogen from the air into the soil. And let the dandy Dandelions aid in breaking up the soil, pulling up nutrients, and bring smiles to children's faces. 

Help keep our environment Green and Clean.

Before you start mowing your lawn, consider the alternative of allowing at least a portion of your yard to become a mini-meadow. Remember how much fun you experienced as a child, exploring the tall grasses, watching the seed stalks sway in the breeze, picking wildflowers.

View the clever yellow flower that turns into a galaxy of silvery stars; a flower which every child loves - on my web site @ ( or @ ). See if the photos and captions don't convince you to sit back and watch the grass and flowers grow while the lawn mower takes a quiet snooze.

Dandelion Wine Recipe. 

Video: from flower to seed head.

Dandelion quotes

Ten things you may not know about Dandelions. 

Help Honeybees

Dandelion Wine recipe.

Dandelion salad, root tea, massage oil recipes.

Eating Dandelions (Article also claims Dandelions have been used to treat eczema).

Dandelion - WebMD

Dandelion nutrition

The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.

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  1. Nutrition Facts
    Dandelion greens, raw
    Amount Per 1 cup, chopped (55 g)
    Calories 25
  2. % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0.4 g0%
    Saturated fat 0.1 g0%
    Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
    Monounsaturated fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg0%
    Sodium 42 mg1%
    Potassium 218 mg6%
    Total Carbohydrate 5 g1%
    Dietary fiber 1.9 g7%
    Sugar 0.4 g
    Protein 1.5 g3%
    Vitamin A111%Vitamin C32%
    Vitamin D0 µgVitamin B-65%
    Vitamin B-120%Magnesium5%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Sources include: USDA