An Alameda Garden: Don't Kill Dandelions, Just Use Force

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Don't Kill Dandelions, Just Use Force

There's a very interesting article in the New York Times about forcing dandelion roots to produce fresh, tender greens indoors for winter salads. It never occurred to me that dandelion roots could be treated just the same as spring bulbs, but that's the gist. The roots should be dug up in fall, refrigerated, then given light and water to stimulate new growth. It's a novel idea for those of you who are cursed with dandelion-free gardens. As for myself, I could harvest a few dandelion greens fresh from my garden right now--no forcing necessary. An unweeded garden does have its bonuses, I suppose.

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