Common ag weed…

Field pennycress-Thlaspi arvense-(cabbage family)is also known as stink weed(ya it does stink),fan weed,and french weed.The weed is considered either a winter or summer annuals that can grow up to .9m(3′) in fertile soil but most likely less than .6m(2′).The leaves are toothed with pointed leaves and the small white flowers are in clusters.The flowers can produce 20,000 seeds per plant. Stink weed is native to Eurasia-found in all of the U.S. and with distribution on 5 continents!You can find pennycress in the usual weed haunts:disturbed areas-one of my faves-pastures,croplands.Field pennycress may be common but as with a lot of weeds it has benefits to humans.According to ediblewildfood,com the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and is suggested to get them before they flower.As always make sure you know what you are doing here.In addition to food, the weed is being grown for bio diesel as a sub for regular diesel(bio diesel is commomly made from used cooking grease).One more-bees love the nectar for the ones that are not endangered.

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pics by td-thanks to ipm.missouri.edu and ediblewildfood.com for help.thanks for reading.Happy Monday!

More than weeds at tim’s weed patch…

The Virginia ‘Bluebells”-Mertensia virginica-dot the woodland forests,flood plains,and moist soils from March thru April growing  .3m-.6m(1-2ft) tall.They have clusters of blue to lavender trumpet shaped flowers that stand out in the prairie.Virginia bluebells are native to N.A. with 23 species in it’s genus.This spring beauty is a favorite to bees,butterflies,and deer.When bunched together they provide protection to wildlife. Also this beautiful plant can be cultivated in your garden!

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Thoreau for your Monday…

How silent are the footsteps of spring! there, too, where there is a fraction of the meadow, two rods over, quite bare, under the bank, in this warm recess at the head of the meadow, though the rest of the meadow is covered with snow a foot or more in depth, I was surprised to see skunk-cabbage, with it’s great spear-heads open and ready to blossom…The spring advances in spite of snow and ice, and even cold.March 30,1856.

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top pic by td-Happy Monday!-thanks for reading-td

Common in our parts…

Henbit-Lamium amplexicaule-is a winter annual that is showing it’s stuff at this time of year.It’s purple top dots the landscape in rich ag fields,hillsides,gardens,waste places(my fave),and my yard.Henbit is an early favorite of honeybees for nectar as the plant does not last that long as the season heats up. Henbit is often called Dead Nettle but is different in that the flower has no stalk of it’s own.As seen in the below pic,the weed can grow.It reproduces by seeds as each plant has 2000 seeds.While the weed can be a bother as it sprouts up where it is not wanted-classic definition-it is basically easy to control. Henbit can be used as erosion control in some parts of the land.As with many weeds that hold down our planet,they can be eaten.According to http://www.ediblewildfood.com, henbit can be eaten fresh or used as a tea.Oh by the way-the name henbit comes from the idea that chickens liked to eat them back when they ran around the farm.

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