And over the years, I have noticed a particular weed ransack the beds in a damp, stringy way. Last year, I suspected it was chick weed and actually edible. This year, I got enough courage to properly identify it and now we are eating it!
I pull it out by the roots (because it's still rather unattractive so I don't really want it in the flower beds), snip off the roots, chop it up, and saute it with some olive oil and garlic. Add a squeeze of lemon and some salt and pepper. It really tastes like spinach! However, it looks so twiggy and stringy that I didn't take a photo of the chickweed-as-food, but I think I will pull the leaves off and discard the stems next time.
I've heard chickweed is very healthy, but I'm also in love with the convenience of greens from the back yard.
Any other chickweed eaters with tips to share?