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value your dandelions


Organic Gardening Tip from MOFGA:
Value Your Dandelions

Did you know that dandelions “are one of the first pollen/nectar sources during the whole growing season,” according to New York state farmer Steve Gilman, who spoke at one of MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conferences years ago? One researcher “found 93 different species of insects that feed on that pollen/nectar,” he added. “The preponderance of those was beneficial insects.” Dandelions also serve as overwintering habitat for mycorrhizal fungi – beneficial fungi that associate with plant roots and help take up, conserve and use water and nutrients. So enjoy these bright signs of spring if they pop up in your yard! If you don’t want them to get out of hand, mow your lawn high (above 2-1/2 inches) and mow before dandelions go to seed.

2 thoughts on “value your dandelions

  1. Just a word of caution regarding mowing before the dandelions go to seed, once they have reached a certain stage in their cycle they will go to seed anyway, even after cutting. So don’t leave them too long. If they do get out of hand though, we have also found that letting the grass grow long will shade them out and reduce the number of dandelions to a more manageable amount. Letting the grass go to seed will then replenish the lawn too 🙂

  2. Plus their leaves, roots and petals are good to eat!

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