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Edible Weeds

Time: May 14, 2011 from 10am to 12pm
Location: corner of North and Farrell Streets Yandina
Street: corner of North and Farrell Streets
City/Town: Yandina
Website or Map: http://yandinacommunitygarden…
Phone: Linda Mahony 5476 456
Event Type: free, workshop
Organized By: Yandina Community Gardens
Latest Activity: May 16, 2011

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Dee Humphreys

Dee Humphreys is a local home gardener who has spent the past four years exploring practical uses for a range of herbs and weeds that grow easily on the Sunshine Coast.  Dee’s enthusiasm for eating what we grow (edible gardens) and focusing on your health is infectious.

Come along to this workshop and you will walk away with a better understanding of  how and why to use herbs in your daily life. BEWARE,  you may even come to respect weeds and celebrate them popping up in your garden unannounced.

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Comment by Lissa on May 16, 2011 at 9:16
Not a problem Gaynor :) - we all do just what we can.
0afzybfp4sj55 Comment by 0afzybfp4sj55 on May 16, 2011 at 9:09
Hi Lissa. Sadly there will be no garden visits for me at the moment. I'm working a crazy 80 hours a week over the full 7 days which is why I can't attend workshops. I'll post some more pics when I can. I haven't been out in the garden for over a week. My whole back yard is in permanent shade now so everything is just marking time until the spring.
Comment by Lissa on May 14, 2011 at 18:32

See here for handouts from the workshop.

Dee is running another workshop at Noosaville on 28th. See Events for details.

Comment by Lissa on May 14, 2011 at 17:55
Remarkable! Dee is doing another workshop at Noosaville on 28th - see events.
Comment by Lissa on May 13, 2011 at 7:19
Sounds like we need to be making a visit to your garden Gaynor :) to see what you do with the weeds. Would be very interesting to many.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 12, 2011 at 21:25
And another way to look at it: weeds come to the place which needs what they have to offer. Unless I need to pull up 'weeds' for some reason (like couch encroaching on a garden bed) I snip them off at ground level, leave the tops to rot down and leave the root mass there to feed the micro-organisms.
0afzybfp4sj55 Comment by 0afzybfp4sj55 on May 12, 2011 at 17:55
i suspect that weeds are more beneficial for us and the environment than domesticated edible plants are. Weeds don't need special care and they don't get attacked by swarms of insects or root diseases. Because they have deep root systems that reach far deeper into the soil than domesticated plants do they can access more minerals. They are very nutritious. I love them. :-)
Gemma Schuch Comment by Gemma Schuch on May 12, 2011 at 11:03
Looking forward to meeting you Lissa and Elaines
Comment by Scarlett on May 11, 2011 at 14:02
typically, my chickens ignored our chickweed...
Comment by Lissa on May 11, 2011 at 4:39

It's a great site once you get used to it Paul. Took me a while, and some suggestions from others, before I could find my way around confidently. I still get surprised at something I've missed before.

Don't feel bad about no weeds lol. I don't have weeds either. Years of combating great swathes of cobbers pegs and wandering jew etc on acreage means I have zero tolerance on this small property.

I am gaining a new respect for the really useful ones though - like cobblers pegs which are good for quite a few things like deterring nemotodes (just don't let them seed all over the place!).

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