Pokeweed’s name leads people that it’s truly a weed by definition in the name. Truth is, we don’t know much about it and it’s a beautiful plant.
We do know that it’s a native American plant and that it grows well here. Again, just because it grows well, doesn’t make it a weed either. It means the soil conditions are good for promoting it’s growth. It’s also a very large and beautiful plant.
What we don’t know is if claims of cures for HIV and cancer lie without this plant. Studies are being done.
The plant has a huge tap root and produces a lot of biomass. This means that it keeps the soil loose and that it’s stalks have the capability to hold moisture in the soil.
The plan is to cut some paths through to allow for easy picking. First, I have to let them expand to make that possible.
I didn’t have to plant these blackberries, but if you would like them in your yard too, blackberry seeds are available. The only test I know of to know if your soil is good for them is that if there is already a presence of some wild berries(wild strawberries, raspberries, etc), your soil is likely good for blackberries.
When I was young remember enjoying the beauty of a yard full of dandelions. When they went to seed, you can blow on them and watch the seeds scatter to the win. I don’t remember such a fervor for their destruction the 70’s and 80’s.
Today, people want a monoculture of the grass of their choice. They want the perfect lawn like their golf course has. Cancer causing agents in chemicals they don’t understand are acceptable in this war on anything other than grass. If you disagree, you’re a commie tree-hugging Nazi or something to that effect.
I read that early settlers brought over the dandelion from Europe because it was so easy to grow and they found it beneficial to their diet. Modern science proves that they are full of necessary vitamins and minerals. A serving of dandelion leaves has more calcium than a glass or milk.
Dandelions thrive in acidic soil and their roots easily break it up and aerate. The reason they thrive is that nothing else will. What irony. The one plant that wants to grow in poor soil gets poison so that not even it will grow there. I don’t think that society really knows how to approach many problems of this nature. It is something to think about.
Back to the rainstorm to ponder other wonders of nature.
The first snow fell on the forsythia bush last week. I posted the first bloom of the forsythia about a week ago. We have another snow in the forecast this week. It shouldn’t be long before the 3rd snow. If the wives tale holds true, winter will then end.