Dandelions And Rainstorms

Dandelions Are Good?

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.

Dandelion after going to seed.
Dandelion gone to seed.

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.