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Autumn green manure crop
Autumn green manure crop

Green manures are crops grown to improve the soil condition and nutrition. They can help crowd out the weeds you don’t want, and some even get rid of soil diseases. Instead of being harvested, the crop is dug into the soil while still lush and [...]

Blackberries
Blackberries

One of the most hated invasive weeds in Australia, blackberry (Rubus fruiticosis agg) is ironically also one of the most delicious and healthy! In the United Kingdom (where it’s more fondly known as Bramble) it’s a common roadside plant, where [...]

Borage
Borage

Also called starflower, bush bee, bee bread, burrage and bugloss, Borage is sometimes thought of as a weed because of its ability to self-seed very successfully, which means it has a propensity to pop up by itself in the garden. In fact it’s a [...]

Build a weed database – autumn
Build a weed database – autumn

Getting to know the names, habits and uses for the various plants in your garden (some of which you might think of as ‘weeds’) will not only increase your botanical knowledge, but massively increase your food choices, help you to diagnose issu [...]

Build a weed database – spring
Build a weed database – spring

Getting to know the names, habits and uses for the various plants in your garden (some of which you might think of as ‘weeds’) will not only increase your botanical knowledge, but massively increase your food choices, help you to diagnose issu [...]

Capeweed
Capeweed

A native of southern Africa, capeweed is a poor-pasture plant that thrives in bare and compacted areas, particularly those that have been overgrazed. Unlike most weeds, it doesn’t have any uses that we know of (anyone?). If you’ve ever wondere [...]

Catsear
Catsear

Catsear is a perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns. It’s native to Europe, but is pretty much found all over the world. It can be invasive, but has not been listed as a weed of significance in Australia. Read the article in Su [...]

Chickweed
Chickweed

Chickweed is considered to be one of the ‘alternative’ herbs, which means it acts as a catalyst on the action of other plants. It is an extremely useful plant both for eating and for treating a wide range of conditions. Chooks also love it (an [...]

Choose your understorey plants (green manure)
Choose your understorey plants (green manure)

A green manure crop is usually a mix of fast-growing annual plants that are grown for soil improvement. As soon as the crop is tall enough, and before it flowers, it is either dug in or chopped off and left on the surface of the soil to add or [...]

Cleavers
Cleavers

You can tell from the many common names for this plant — burrweed, catchweed, goosegrass, stickywilly, Velcro plant, gripgrass and everlasting friendship — that it’s very sticky! The stems are covered by small backward pointing hooklike hairs [...]

Fat hen
Fat hen

A small, upright herb that can grow up to 3 m high, but rarely gets above about 1m. The stems are ribbed and often tinged with purple or red. It has large silvery-green alternate leaves from 2-8 cm long and from 0.5-5 cm wide with toothed marg [...]

Free nutrition from weeds
Free nutrition from weeds

Many plants that we think of as weeds are actually “dynamic accumulators”, or plants that extract and gather nutrients—specifically inorganic minerals—from the soil or air, and make them available to other plants, animals, and even to us! Rea [...]

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