Tuesday, June 23, 6 pm – Ashtabula Grows! Bring a Weed: Food, Medicine or Tool?

Red Clover, Trifolium pratense

Do you ever wonder if that weed you just ripped out of your garden could actually do you some good? Well, the likelihood is pretty high, but it’s also important to know the answers to the “W&H” questions:

  • Which plant is in my garden?
  • Why would I want to use it?
  • Who would benefit from the plant?
  • What kinds of things will the plant do?
  • When should it be used?
  • How should it be prepared?
  • How much should I use?
  • How long should I use it?

So now that you’ve ripped that plant out of your garden, why don’t you bring it to the online Ashtabula Grows! class coming Tuesday, June 23 at 6 PM. This class is hosted by Leah Wolfe from the Trillium Center. Leah teaches classes in herbalism, first aid, and community wellness throughout the Great Lakes Region and is now developing and supporting programs at the Conneaut Art Center.

Note: when you bring a plant to the class be sure to bring enough of it for identification purposes. Although most weeds in the garden are not poisonous, a few are toxic. Also be sure to know how to identify poison ivy. Plants are often easier to ID if they are flowering, but if there are significant features that also helps.

Positive plant ID over the internet is always tricky, so be sure to look at several sources to be sure. Botanical illustrations are more reliable than photos because they are likely to emphasize identifying features and sometimes provide a better idea of the size of the plant.

Finally, be aware that some weeds interfere or interact with medications. Leah will offer tips on how to figure out which weeds to try and which to avoid.

Common Fleabane, Erigeron philadelphicus