IMG_4801If you went to camp you probably learned about this one: Broadleaf Plantain. Introduced from Europe in the 1600s. It loves poor soil conditions which we must have. It can be crushed or chewed and applied directly to stings, bug bites, rashes, and more. Lately, I came into contact with something itchy and I used the leaves mostly as a wash rag with water and wiped my arms down. I can’t really say if the plantain worked or the water worked but the itching did stop immediately. Now I don’t know about the stem! I’ll research that eventually.

IMG_4806this is not a weed! It’s my string beans surrounded by baby weeds! I’m showing this to you because the deer are eating all the leaves but the plant still grows the beans. Incredible!

IMG_4809This is purslane which I have A LOT of every year! I munch on this while I’m weeding. I love it and it is a ‘superfood’! I found this information last year and I’m sorry that I’m not crediting who wrote about it.

purslane: boasts the highest-yet-measured levels of omega-3 fatty acids in a plant. It is also high in vitamin A and vitamin C, and vitamin B complex, calcium magnesium and potassium.