The delightful sunny patch above are cobblers pegs, Bidens pilosa. Omnipresent, the thin seeds attach themselves to clothes like pegs, and I’m usually covered in a few dozen by the time I return to the house. Bees absolutely love them, so I’m not too bothered by their presence – besides, there is no way ever of completely removing these from the garden. They are incredibly hardy and seem to have spread in just about every corner.
What I would like to know though, if anyone with such knowledge is out there, can you really eat them? Has anyone tried to make medicine out of them? Jackie French has written a little on them in her book.
I am tempted to harvest some flower heads and dry them out. Once again, would love to hear whether any folk herbalists or other gardeners have tried using these. I mean, they are so abundant, and utterly stubborn in their resilience, me thinks they are here for a reason. But then I suppose so are some politicians… hmmm….
Mid-week harvest: carrot, eggs, lettuce, kale, basil and some rainbow silverbeet. It appears other critters like the silverbeet too, though I never see any on it. I’m pointing the finger at crickets and grasshoppers…
Until next time,