The Greens Shall Inherit the Earth

I swear that I didn’t intend to write on a similar theme as my last post: The Birth of Dandelions, written by Kazakhstani writer Anel Fuller. But when you sit down to write and a story pops out, that’s what you get.

copyright Bill Reynolds

The Greens Shall Inherit the Earth

We were assigned four plots, so we each picked a crop. Each to their own, we said.

I chose tomatoes.

Alex wanted onions.

Troy got zucchini.

Danielle insisted on dandelions. Insisted. She contended that dandelion greens were amazing. She brought us reams of recipes to make her case: dandelion tea, dandelion fritters, even coffee made from the roots.

We fought her, but ultimately it was her choice. Danielle got her dandelions.

Now it’s been two weeks and we have four plots of dandelions. Turns out Danielle doesn’t even really like dandelion greens.

And the community garden people are just livid.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. James McEwan says:

    From my experience dandelions will take over if given a chance. Danielle knew this and it was one of her fads, Best stick to lettuce.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Yeah, given half a chance dandelions will take over pretty quick! Also, much easier to grow than onions and zucchini! Good fun story πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Iain. Glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

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  3. Bill says:

    I like what you did with the photo. They wish. Even dandelions refuse to grow out there.
    This reminds me of the story of artists working near each other on separate projects, but only one had glitter. In the end, how many had glitter? πŸ™‚ Fun story, David.

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    1. Thanks for contributing the picture, Bill. And yes, I’m sure it’s exactly like the artists. There’s no such thing as contained dandelions or glitter.

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      1. Bill says:

        πŸ™‚

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  4. Forestwood says:

    There is unrest in the community garden!

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  5. Dale says:

    Oh how the others must have hated her!! But the bees didn’t πŸ™‚

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    1. True, that’d be great if you had bees

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  6. poetisatinta says:

    shame, people shouldn’t be so down on the poor old dandelion, you cant beat Dandelion and burdock pop and this site has some great ideas πŸ™‚
    https://morningchores.com/dandelion-recipes/

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    1. Thanks for the recipes. Yes, these are the sorts of things Danielle was pushing. I guess we don’t know the bounty we’ve all got on our lawns.

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  7. GHLearner says:

    But they look so lovely when they are in bloom. And you really can do a lot with them… What bugs me more is that no one is growing garlic…

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    1. I do like the smell of fresh garlic. My grandparents grew that by their front walk, so it reminds me of their house.

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  8. Sandra says:

    Yes, it didn’t seem like a good idea to me right from the first mention. But it made me smile.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. πŸ™‚ Hopefully no one starts a crabgrass crop as well.

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  9. granonine says:

    I’ll take a ripe, red, juicy tomato any day over dandelion greens πŸ™‚

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    1. True. You can’t go wrong with fresh tomatoes, at least in my book. πŸ™‚

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  10. CGraith says:

    This is interesting, funny and well written. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. msjadeli says:

    Dandelions are ninja foods, from greens to wine, and bees love them. They will probably be the first ever food plot evictions…

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    1. I feel like they’re probably criminally underappreciated. Maybe if food prices keep going up, there will be a resurgence of interest in them.

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  12. Dear David,

    It’s those seeds that just blow everywhere. Perhaps everyone should make dandelion wine and forget about it. πŸ˜‰ I wonder if cannabis is compatible with them. Asking for a friend. πŸ˜‰ Entertaining story as always.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Now that would liven up a community garden, if someone starting growing cannabis. Might enliven the whole model of doing things, although it might depend what state you were in :). Thanks for reading as always. I hope you have a good week.
      -David

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  13. Well, dang! There’s always dandelion wine. Right?

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    1. Hi Alicia,
      Yes, so I’ve heard, although I’ve never tried it. I’ll have to if I ever get the chance. Have you had it? Let me know if it’s worth hunting for.

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