THE BIG BOOK OF USEFUL WEEDS

The list of herbs at Greenpets. Identification and Propagation or at least how to keep it alive in Gauteng.

WARNING: The information supplied here is for identification of common garden weeds. No-one should try replace or augment a doctor-prescribed medical course with a few helpings of herbs. There is no such thing as a dose of herbs. No-one can prescribe you a dose of herbs. It is a lifestyle. Either you take medication for every ache and pain, or you denounce your role as experimental chemistry set, and try Natural Living, which is nothing more than to take responsibility for what you put into your mouth, nose and skin.

LET YOUR FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE, AND YOUR MEDICINE BE YOUR FOOD


These are the plants we grow and use. The list is far from complete, but it contains only plants we grow, and use, and can vouch for. Some may strike you as familiar, many of them you may call weeds. Some are just useful for existing, like the sisal swordballs we plant along the fences to keep large animals off the yard. They feed the bees, supply nesting stumps for birds and you can make rope too. If that is not a useful herb, then at least call it medicine for peace of mind. I sleep better knowing no-one will get over my fence without crying out in pain.

We will keep adding to this collection of herbs. The photos are all from our own plants grown in our own garden. Some things we do not have photos of yet, like potatos. Yes, there is a good picture of a potato plant, but i did not take photos of the ones i planted, so i have to wait for harvest to upload an honest photo. For now, I drew you one just to have something there. Yes, yes, i could open a bag and photograph an onion, but that would not be a GREENPETS onion. Whatever we have in the Herbal, we can give you, even if we have to propagate for you especially. We have managed to aclimatise a number of exotics to the dry coldness of our area, an alternative to pampered potted pansies. GREENPETS, not greehouse. Greenhouses are the criminal penitentiaries of the plant world, free the weed!

Below is a long list of icons, with names and quick ideas of how to use it. The details are in the article you will find by opening the herb's particular read-more. We are also building an identification application to make it easier for you to identify plants you have. Sometimes the difference between a useful medicine and a useful poison is a few hairs under a seed pod. We will not even attempt doing fungi yet, the dangers of missing information are just too high.

For now, the pictures will help with identification, the paperwork is in the...uh...post?  Now read on, fellow traveller on the road to pharmaceutical ignorance, soon you too will look blank when people start swopping pain tablets in the office. Now go drink some clean water, that headache will diminish soon. or have you been eating junk again?

The variegated variety is more prone to the formation of leaf cankers. Rumoured old cancer cure, grown for beer gruit.

This is an old Cape remedy for all sorts. Of great value in birds' drinking water.

All the promises the beauty industry make about Aloe Vera, are understated.

This plant is in the Eat-the-Weeds category. Available for free on a roadside near you.

 

Beans, beans, what a wonderful fruit...

This is available through most of the growing season.

This really is where Granma got her horrid medicine from.

Good fodder, also for bees. The greens can be used as spinach.

This family of poisonous weeds were introduced as decorative shrubs.

This herb has fallen into disrepute, or is that new-found fame?

This is the Echinacea tea they sell for immune protection. It works.

Valuable bitter tea for stomach and cacexia

As close to extra-terrestrial as it gets around here.

Dandelion is more valuable than any dietary supplement anywhere.

Good fodder for many animals, including Dragons

In Europe the flowers and berries are commonly eaten

 

Eat it, boil it, preserve it. Biblical.

add to tea, water and drinks. flies.

This delicious fruit is considered an invader in many gardens

I will find out what the real name is, but the fruit have a sweet purple pulp I want to brew with

This is a useful tree to have around

 

 

Good for ladies' tea and a bitter tonic

One of the ancient Magical four. Every garden must have some

Bitter and fencing

We are not talking about GMO Frankenfood here...

Fodder for man beast bird and salad too

A good pot of Marog beats Spinach any day

The Tree of the Evil Eagle. Really, it is.

This wild tea is delicious

Sugar bombs. Anti mole.

Eat it. With vegies.

This is a barometer of the state of peace in your home. The care this plant takes only happens when the people around it have time to care. When this starts dying, question your relations with those around you.

Eat it. Boil until all starch comes out. Distil it.

Huge runners and flowers and harvest and the seeds are the prize.

Good in salad, as Pesto with olive oil, tortoise food.

Salad. Spinach. Fodder and birds. Tortoises. Marching chew.

Blood cleansing, supportive bitter. Use liberally when immune compromised.

Puding. Raw with salt. Oxalic acid cleans glass.

Liver tonic. Fodder. Bird seed.

Salad. Bees. Salad.

For the birds to munch on, like, really? Grow in safety, plant out as treats.

The best fries ever. Ever.

Many species, many berries, many poisonous when unripe or raw or just because.

Some have poison roots, some are poison except the roots. Some look better in salad than others. Favourite fodder for the whole family.

Sourfig dries, cleanses and disinfects festering conditions, from a sore throat to herpes sores. This is a most powerful herb.

Mosquito repellent extraordinaire. Gentle alternative to wormwood. disinfectant tea

with honey and cinnamon as jam. Flies, drinks, cooking.

Oil, nuts can be fried, eat by nibbling. Birds, horses, bunnies prefer the plant, eats it right off the seed.

You plant two leaves, you watch the alien creep all over the yard, and when it starts dying back, the ground is full of starch bombs, just below the surface. The greens are good spinach. And fodder.

Eat, jam. Easy grower.

Chew, never swallow. The picture is one right next to its poisonous lookalike, devil's for thorn. POISON.

Raw. Jam. Fried, with ham. Basil and salt on the world's best sandwich.

Tortoise nursery fodder

Toroise, Dragon fodder. Leaves for salad.

Tonic bitter. I Ching sticks. Fodder.