What we call “weeds” — hardy plant species that grow uninvited — tell us about soil conditions. What minerals are present or missing; acidic,alkaline; soggy, dry; compacted, disturbed, clayish . . . And they give us clues as to what will grow well alongside or instead of them, as well as what to plant to help harmonize soil imbalances.
Put your ear to the ground and hear what your weeds are saying about your soil.
Here’s another article that offers an enormous compendium of indicator weeds. Via Keith.
How about eating weeds? If so, which ones?
I’m not alone in thinking that if a plant grows up by itself, it must be marvelously adapted to its environment. Something we humans have apparently forgotten. Let us recognize weeds as both food and medicine!
Damn! Just realized that I’ve been pulling up wild amaranth (pigweed).