Thursday, June 17, 2010

who hates dandelions?

You know that dandelions are “weeds” and probably hate them. You can, however, use dandelions as a trap crop to draw aphids away from your cabbages. Aphids are generally fond of Brassica (cabbage family) species. Aphids are also partial to dandelions. The idea is to do companion planting with dandelions and Brassica species and you have a solution to your aphid problems. Dandelions are beneficial “weeds”, so grow them to your advantage to have successful cabbage crops. (In fact the young leaves are great in salads and can be cooked as spinach.)

4 comments:

The News Portal said...

But wont more dandelions mean more aphids?

jeannine davidoff said...

when you use companion planting, you will include onions, rosemary and the like to the mix, the dandelions will act as a trap for the aphids, the other plants will deter them. so generally, no there will be less aphids. there will also be more ladybirds.

Kim said...

Personally, I love dandelions, they are such a great medicinal herb and tasty too.....lol!

jeannine davidoff said...

Thanks so much Kim. I love blowing the seeds into the air. once we came across a field of them and my children and their friends had such fun blowing the seeds into the wind. and of course as you say tasty and medicinal