Happy spring! I just weeded a garden bed so it's time for cleavers lemonade.
Pick young cleavers (Galium aparine, aka that sticky shit) and juice them by any available means. I chop them and put them into the blender with enough water to make it go, then strain through cheesecloth. Mix with lemon juice, sugar, and sparkling water to taste.
In addition to the lurid color, this has a kind of mown grass promise of summer flavor to it.
I also put this in nettle soup sometimes.
Annoyingly my allotment weeds are mostly not edible.
@artsyhonker that is very annoying!
And ooh I can totally see this being good with nettles.
@mcmoots so there is something you can do with clevers other than ruthlessly pull them out!
We also call it goosegrass, a name I rather enjoy :)
@mcmoots @GwenfarsGarden @artsyhonker in mine it can get tall and thick enough to be annoying to walk through, and it can outcompete some of the spring flowers as they sprout. I also hate having it stuck to my socks and shoe laces. I’ve always got a most-hated weed I’m working on, and now that the thistles are gone this is mine.
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