Chuckling at My End of the Pond

My Dad subscribed to the “screwdriver method”
of removing dandelions. As a retiree caring for
his Kentucky blue grass lawn in Colorado, he
would grab a long screwdriver, sit in the yard

and patiently and painstakingly push that
screwdriver parallel to the stem and get
to the root which he then carefully removed
from the grass. Frankly, I think this is a

method for retirees. Reading up on the
various methods to remove them without
the use of pesticides was quite intriguing.
There are even tools similar to my Dad’s

long screwdriver. These are but some of
the methods I learned about: mow often;
root them out(my Dad’s method); poach them
using boiling water; mulch them; pickle them;

apply corn gluten meal; BBQ them and improve
your soil. I do not have a green thumb and any
labor-intensive method to remove dandelions
is of no interest to me. Other retirees resort

to odd methods such as attaching something
to a riding mower and pulling it around where the
weeds are. Not very efficient. Personally, I
like the method children employ: pick bouquets.

In the supermarket, organic dandelion greens are
available and quite tasty and nutritious. Dandelion
wine? No thanks. Do you have a preferred
method without using pesticides?

I think I’ll just sit on the front porch with a
good book and chuckle at my end of the pond.
Life is too short to spend time trying to
rid our lawn of dandelions.

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19 Responses to Chuckling at My End of the Pond

  1. Love it, Mary Ann! ❀ Kids picking bouquets is perfect. We love to eat them (roots to petals) from spring to mid-summer. Why pay hard earned money, when nature's gifts don't cost a penny… Have a beautiful weekend and happy reading, my friend. xp

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    • Bette – do you have a dedicated dandelion garden or just go out and pick? What are your recipes? I like wilted with olive oil, garlic and chicken broth. When do you harvest them? How great to know that you eat them. Those bouquets were memorable and heartfelt. Enjoy the weekend. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  2. With a name like that, we should delight in dandelions.

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    • Agree, Anne. Thank you too. Do you eat dandelion greens? Actually quite tasty. I am not brave enough to harvest from the yard but purchase organic ones. Have a great weekend.

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      • I have never tasted dandelion greens and have no plans to in the future. I’m sure if someone served them to me in a salad, I would eat them.

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      • High in vitamins A & C, I sautee organic dandelion greens from our local supermarket. Quite tasty too. And quick cooking as well. Bette A. Stevens provided a site with their many uses along with recipes. Until about one year ago, I considered dandelions a nuisance but now view them in a new light. Enjoy the weekend.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    Dandelions are not a problem for me. They are actually quite pretty in their bright yellow dress. They turn ugly for a while, when they go into seeds. Then they rest all summer and you barely notice their presence. What your dad is doing is too labour intensive. Weeding my raised garden beds is another story. There I use your dad’s method with the screwdriver.

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    • Peter, thank you for a delightful comment. I am smiling as you told me that you also use my Dad’s method with a screwdriver. How tall are your raised garden beds? We use ours for herbs. Our collards are progressing nicely and grow into the winter so it’s a perfect vegetable. Do you eat dandelions like Bette A. Stevens? You made my day, Peter. I’ll call it my “Dad’s method” of weeding since you use a screwdriver too. How cool!

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      • Peter Klopp says:

        The raised beds are only 6 inches tall and are only for vegetables with relatively shallow roots. I grow beans, lettuce and some cabbage. I used landscaping materials at the bottom to prevent any weeds to penetrate my mini gardens from below. Weeding with a screwdriver and similar pokers is no longer a tedious affair. Right now I have five 6 by 3 ft boxes and plan to build another one. Maybe I’ll write a post on them one day. Have a great weekend, Mary Ann!

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      • Great to have such beds. We purchased an elevated one standing about 3-4′ high and 2’X6′. https://www.gardeners.com/buy/grow-box-planter-box/8587823.html#start=8 The ease of access is wonderful for me. It sounds as if yours are quite beautiful too. We gave our son one like ours. It comes with assembly instructions and is very useful for us. When I want herbs for cooking, I no longer have to open fences to walk through the garden to harvest them. That would be a great post to read and see, Peter. Thank you for the comment and weekend wishes. Finally some sun.

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  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I love dandelions but my husband likes to dig them out (he is retired!). The bees love dandelions and I like bees too!
    Great post, Mary Ann!

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