Jenny writes: You can’t help but notice the spread of bright yellow dandelions across gardens and countryside this week. As a ‘guinea pigs’ favourite, full of vitamin C, we used to harvest them wherever we could and watch as they were eagerly chomped through by our three! The bees love them too, as an early provider of nectar

Cheery dandelion colour and distinctive serrated leaves

Humans can also enjoy them. All parts of the plant are edible, from flower to root. Enjoy the bitter taste of the leaves in a salad (pick while young and plants have not yet flowered), in stir fries, and if you are keen, make dandelion syrup or wine.

If the dandelion is a weed in your garden, digging them out is the most effective way to get rid of them – but getting that long root out is a challenge! Here are some excellent hints and tips on organic methods of weeding from Garden Organic

Happy gardening, Jenny

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