|I can’t say what it is about weeds that l have always loved? Perhaps it is quite simply because they are misunderstood like some animal species. Whatever your opinion or view is on weeds, they are everywhere, and they are here to stay.|
Twenty-five years ago, l used to forage for weeds to feed the enormous number of rabbits l had in my commercial breeding operation. Knowing about them made everything easier because it meant that l wouldn’t accidentally kill an animal by feeding the wrong weed.
Most weeds are harmless, not all. Of course, some are and can be deadly. The fact is that people don’t like weeds because they don’t belong where they usually appear or are out of place. Many a time, gardeners especially don’t want them because weeds tend to grow quicker and easier than many ornamental flowers.
Weeds have a way of surviving. They are ONLY considered weeds on the domestic level because, let’s be honest, when we are out walking in the countryside, how many people are bothered by the presence of weeds then?
There are advantages and disadvantages to having weeds in your gardens and yards. They do have a lot of benefits that many people tend to ignore, and this series will highlight that.
|The Beauty of Weeds|
Fertilising and enriching the soils
Providing and active Mulch/Soil protection
Attracting pollinators and good insects
Food source for animals and humans
Serves as decoy crops
Great for wildlifing the garden
Hope you enjoyed this introduction and l’ll see you again soon in the series.
The Autistic Composter
|Images my own|
|Red Campion, also known as Adder’s Flower, is an attractive perennial or biennial plant – which means it can grow and flower for several years in location but dies back in the autumn and winter seasons – wildflower to some, weed or herb to some others, pending personal preference. It makes for a great addition to a wildlife garden equally as much as an addition to a wildlife meadow.|
They are a distinctively dusky pink five-petalled flower that blossoms from May to September. It flourishes in the reserve where l volunteer and adds a beautiful splash of colour to all the surrounding greens.
Red Campion can be grown from seed and sown in either spring or autumn. They like well-drained fertile soils and partial to sunny areas. They can easily be found in hedgerows, shaded woodland areas, and open fields.
Red Campion is attractive to wildlife, and bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects benefit significantly from this flower’s presence and valuable food source.
|I hope you enjoyed R is for Red Campion and I’ll see you again soon.|
The Autistic Composter