During my Permaculture Design course I learned that some weeds could be my allies, rather than a despised garden pest.
Weeds are great colonisers of unused space in the garden.
Many are pioneer plants, that fix nitrogen and improve soil health by unlocking valuable nutrients within the soil.
Many can teach you much about the soil in your garden, its available nutrients or defecits of trace elements.
Over the next few weeks I will be writing about my experience in experimenting and dealing with weeds in my garden in Ballarat.
Meanwhile, for any one truly wishing to learn more about these fascinating and persistent plants that are the bane of many a gardener's life, I highly recommend a fabulous little reference book, by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland, The Weed Forager's Handbook, published by Hyland House, in Melbourne in 2012.
If this wonderful little book doesn't get you thinking about the weeds in your garden then nothing will.
All I know is that I prefer eating to weeding any day, especially now I have learned just how wonderful a purslane salad tastes!