Weeds are in the eye of the beholder. Some people may be enraged, seeing dandelion leaves creeping into the garden. Others might plant them on purpose, with a view to eating them later.
Plenty of what were once called common weeds are valuable nourishment for the insects and animals in the garden.
You can even buy seeds to grow a healthy combination of weeds, and can pick up a pack containing white goosefoot, common mugwort, nettles, meadow hogweed, meadow chervil, horned clover and annual meadow grass.
And you’re urged to do so, say the gardening experts at the German industry association for the protection of nature, animals and species.
If you are not persuaded, then consider that setting aside even a small patch of the garden for weeds means creating a miniature meadow for wild herbs where plants are protected from the lawn mower and weedkiller. – dpa