How to grow chickweed
If you're unlucky enough to not be naturally endowed with chickweed in your garden, a quick google search reveals that you can buy seeds. I have no idea where my chickweed came from, it seems to be a common weed in our area, possibly seeds came in soil or were blown here in the wind. Chickweed tends to die back in our hot dry summer, and appears again in winter and after any rain. It spreads quickly and produces teeny tiny flowers (and presumable plenty of seeds). I don't do anything in particular to encourage it, but I can usually find some when I need it.
- Feed it to your chickens (if they are less picky than mine)
- Use it as a wonderful nitrogen-rich compost material
- Use it to soothe skin - in a salve or cold tea, it is known to be cooling and soothing for minor burns, skin irritations, and rashes.
- Add it to salads - chickweed is said to also soothe the digestive tract, it doesn't have a strong taste, kind of like lettuce, but slightly sour.
|maybe a little too much chickweed!|
Chickweed, like purslane, is one of those plants that you probably have in your garden, but didn't realise was useful and edible for both yourself and your livestock (if they are not too picky).
Do you use grow chick weed? Do you use it?
My previous herb posts:
How I use herbs - Mint, Peppermint and Spearmint
How I use herbs - Aloe Vera
How I use herbs - Basil
How I use herbs - Ginger, galangal and turmeric
How I use herbs - Marigold, calendula and winter taragon
How I use herbs - Soapwort
How I use herbs - Comfrey
How I use herbs - Nasturtium
How I use herbs - Parsley
How I use herbs - Borage
How I use herbs - Herb Robert
How I use herbs - Purslane
Shared at these blog hops
Clever Chicks Blog Hop
The Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop
From the Farm Blog Hop
Sunday Social Blog Hop
Simple Saturdays Blog Hop
Homestead Blog Hop