Best way to eat plantain: same as spinach
Best way to eat dandelions: young leaves in salads, flowers in fritters, and roots in beer or wine
Garlic Mustard. Invasive weed or delicious plant?
Best way to eat lamb’s quarters: same as spinach
Best way to eat violets: leaves and flowers in salads
Quickweed (Galinsoga parviflora)
Dame’s Rocket (in the Brassica family like garlic mustard and hairy bittercress) is a domesticated plant that escaped into the wild. You see this plant by roadsides in the summer with either white or purple flowers. It just showed up in my garden a few years back and I’ve let it stay. The young leaves taste like a wild arugula. The flowers, which smell wonderful in the evening, are also edible. I will note here that my research says to eat Dame’s Rocket sparingly as it can cause vomiting (yum!).
Hairy bittercress is a bitter herb in the mustard family. It’s winter hardy and will survive under snow and ice. It’s pretty small but can be used in salads or as an herb.
“Probably last 3 to 5 years the grass has been increasing. There have always been lilly pads but this grass is growing out away from pads and around many other parts of lake. Last year was when I first actually saw thick grass along main lake shore. I’m sure there are some complaints. The fishing to me has gotten better since the grass and I feel there are more fish. As a fisherman, it has changed the way you catch them drastically, but I like fishing the lake more with the grass than without it,” he said.
“These factors are contributing to this growth — many of which are natural and are an indication of good water quality. The actions we take to manage vegetation must be done with potential impacts to water quality in mind,” Whitman said.
Mention weeds in a lake and you certainly will get different reactions.
Known for years for its turbidity, the lake’s water clarity has become clearer during the past few years. This likely has occurred since zebra mussels began showing up in the lake a few years ago. Clear water in shallow bodies of water make it easier and often faster for weeds to grow.
Pro bass angler Kyle Weisenburger likes the clearer water and grass in the lake.
There has been a significant increase in the amount of vegetation the weed harvester has taken from the lake. Thus far this year, 3,511 yards of weeds have been removed compared to 1,410 yards in 2020 and 6,637 yards in 2019.
“We have also continued our nuisance aquatic vegetation herbicide treatment at the lake as another tool to help keep channels open for boat navigation,” she said. “Both spraying and weed harvesting can be effective, but we must also strike a balance since the aquatic vegetation does absorb excess nutrients in the water which helps prevent harmful algae blooms.”