The Charms of Chickweed

chard and chickweed

At this time of year chickweed flourishes and on the whole I let it be. Such a nourishing green to add to salads and sandwiches or as a passing snack whilst gardening, but more than this it’s a beautiful living mulch. Here you see it keeping the soil protected beneath my chard. At times the chickweed tries to climb my vegies, in which case I peel it back giving the excess to the chooks. I’m perfectly happy for it to make like a mulch, not so much for it to take over.