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Dandelions are also welcome in the garden as wonderful pollinators attracting a host of bees. The roots bring up essential nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron toward the soil surface where other plants can use them.
To harvest them in your garden or lawn, first ensure that no pesticides have been applied to the area. Cut off the flowering heads, then harvest the young leaves continuously (larger leaves tend to be more bitter). Add leaves to salads, or dry and infuse 1tsp in 2C water for 10 minutes, adding lemon or honey to taste. Roots are best harvested in the fall when the plant sends all its energy downward to hunker down for the winter.
Alternately, fresh dandelion greens as well as dandelion teas are available at many organic grocery stores. Also try Dandy Blend, which can be used as a caffeine-free alternative to coffee due to its earthy, coffee-like taste.