The danish word ukrudt derives from the german Unkraut = "non-herb"
In old danish, non-grass.
It is plants, which are unwanted by the people owning or farming the
land or water- area where the plants are growing.
Weeds make use of the recess that results from human beings interrupting
nature's development and forcing through, that the earth should be
covered only by one specific crop.
The opposite of weeds is utility plants, and weeds have to fight for
the right to light, water and nourishment. Countless means are taken
into use to keep the wanted utility plants growing and to remove the
weeds by its roots.
But weeds puts up with " tremendous fluctuations" in temperature
and humidity. It follows us, where the earth is cultivated, and in
areas where vegetation is sparse. The pioneers of its species come
up, bloom and seeds, multiple seeds, in a very short period of time,
and covers large areas.
Most of the immediately accessible information and knowledge on weeds
and wild plants approach the question of how to eradicate it and not
how to use it.
Is this the kind of city we want: concrete, asphalt, straight roads,
bushes cut into shape and large grass areas, a uniform surface kept
clean with poison. Cut down with tractor and lawn mower. And food
and fodder is packed in plastic from the nearest supermarket chain?
Why this fascistic fear of the vigorous plants and multiplicity and
beauty and possibilities.
By collectively moving around in the city and exploring what the place
and season have to offer, we would like to contribute to spread out
the acquaintance with how to benefit from and enjoy the weeds and
wild plants of the city.
Come along on a walk in the city,
a common larder.
Weeds autumn from cph_alt September 2008
Weeds spring, YNKB June 7, 2009
Weeds, Herbs and recipes