Published on Jan 11, 2020

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They have been used by humans for much of recorded history. Early European settlers regarded the dandelion plant so useful with its varied uses that they brought them to settle in the new county both as a food source and a medicinal herb. For these reasons they brought dandelions to the Americas. The dandelion has historically been prized for its healing medicinal properties, and for a number of therapeutic values of the active compounds it contains. At one time dandelions were a popular salad green. According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods”, in terms of overall nutritional value dandelions ranks in the top 4 green vegetables. Dandelion is a perennial herb plant with leaves that can grow from 3 up to 10 inches long and 1/2 to 2 inches wide. The dandelion is self-fertile thus seeds can develop without cross-pollination, thus a flower can fertilize itself.

The dandelion is generally thought of as a nuisance rather than a being recognized as an asset in your field, lawn and garden. It has a long tap-root that will bring up nutrients for plants with a shallow root system such as your blueberry plants to use. These nutrients will in turn be available to your crops when they are cut and used for mulch. The dandelion is a good plant to grow in the rows between your blueberry plants and aronia berry plants. It also adds nitrogen to soil. Dandelions function to provide nutrients to a soil that needs them. It is also known to attract bees and other insects that pollinate plants. Clover and dandelions are good ecologically. Dandelions and White Clover are needed to help support the honeybee population and pollinate your blueberry flowers and other crops. Dandelions and white clover provide bees with good sources of pollen and nectar, encourage them do not kill them. They help provide bee friendly fields and gardens. 35 percent of the nation’s food supply needs Bee pollination. Dandelions also release ethylene gas which helps fruit to ripen.

Because dandelion roots grow deep into the ground, as much as several feet down, they have access to minerals and vitamins not available to more shallow rooted plants. They can serve as living fertilizer, enriching the soil by converting nitrogen to nitrates with the help of soil-living bacteria. The long tap-roots readily produce new plants when cut or damaged. After the plant dies the hollow root serves as a conduit for earthworms to travel up and down the hollow root easily and quickly to reach different ground temperatures or soil levels.


Letting Dandelions grow in the rows between your blueberry plants or you aronia berry plants is a good way to help increase the nutrients to you soil and thus to your plants. They generally do not like to grow in compacted soil but once they do start growing in compacted soil, though, their tap-roots help to loosen it and help improve your soil.

Use dandelions for their healing value.

The Dandelion is exceptionally useful nutritionally.It contains more nutritional value than many other vegetables. Dandelion seeds are now being sold to grow for a tasty addition to salads. Dandelions are one of the most nutrient rich foods you can grow, buy or forage. All of the dandelion plant is useful. The Dandelion is used as a natural diuretic and for treating digestive issues.

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