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Monday, June 22, 2015

Letter to Tulsa World

Another point of view on : Summer herbicide treatments can control nutgrass, June 20.
Many of the same people who would be first in line to point the finger at those who destroy the diverse ecosystem of the rain forests are also first in line to destroy the diversity in their own back yards.
In a recent Tulsa World article, a master gardener answers the question of how to destroy nutgrass in our lawns.  I wonder if the better questions might have been, first, “Is nutgrass edible?” And then. upon finding that the both the tubers and the seeds are edible, the next questions might be, “What is the nutritional value of nut grass tubers/seeds and how might I incorporate them into a meal?
I wonder what would happen if we started to rethink how we see our lawns.  If we shift from the  ‘not a blade of grass out of place,’ mentality to one in which dandelion, purslane, lambsquarters, nutsedge, woodsorrel, poke, are allowed to freely grow, we might find that we don’t need to water our lawns, we don’t need the expense of poisons, ( runoff from which are a contributing factor to the destruction of fragile ecosystems in our waterways) (see Tulsa World June 4 article on Crow Creek), and as a bonus, we have on hand a constant source of free, non GMO, uncontaminated, nutritional food.
I encourage all of you to preserve what has been given to us.  Take a moment to google the nutritional value of the above plants.  You are going to be surprised.  Purslane, for instance supplies more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy green and tops the charts in vitamin A.  It is free food and it grows in your own back yard!

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