Considered a weed by all who have a green thumb, dandelions are one of the most easily recognizable flowering plants throughout the world. The sight of them in your garden will usually have you reaching for a shovel or weed killer, but dandelions are actually more useful than we give them credit for. The leaves can be used in a variety of dishes, and the root can help alleviate bile and liver problems. Surprisingly, dandelions can also benefit gardens. Their deep roots can bring buried nutrients to the topsoil for shallower-rooting plants, and they can help fruit ripen by attracting more pollinating insects.
Toward the middle and end of summer, seeding dandelions can be seen everywhere. They are the bane of allergy sufferers, but they are nonetheless beautiful. Why not preserve some of the beauty year-round with this simple DIY project?