This weed is not only beautiful, but many enjoy having it around as well.
Ground Ivy [Glechoma hederacea]:
Companion plant for: Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and their relatives (squash, melons), broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower.
Repels: Cabbage worms, cucumber worms and beetles, tomato horn worms and other detrimental insects.
Edibility: Ground ivy has long been used in traditional medicine for issues such as inflammation of the eyes, tinnitus, as well as a gentle stimulant, diuretic, astringent and overall tonic. It can be used in herbal tea and is high in vitamin C.
The purple flowers in this picture are wild vetch*. Vetch is a wonderful green manure and cover crop. As you can see from this picture though, it can grow quite tall so it is best to allow it to flourish in between crops.
Wild vetch (Vicia Americana):
Companion plant for: Pepper and tomato plants, brassica (cabbage, mustard, broccoli), other plants needing high nitrogen. This legume fixes nitrogen in the soil.
Atrracts/hosts: Provides ground cover for predatory beetles.
Edibility: Some species of vetch may be poisonous, so itís best not to eat any form.
Avisory: Vetch is best used as a green cover crop. Allow it to grow until two weeks before planting and then till the vetch into the soil (although it can also be grown alongside plants from the brassica family to provide additional nitrogen and maintain moisture in the soil.)
*There are many varieties of vetch.
As you can see, many common weeds have more to them than meets the eye. Get to know the weeds in your garden and listen to what they are telling you about the condition of your soil. They have much to offer in terms of creating a healthy garden or meal!
Ground Ivy Photo by: Dizzyslover