"What good are WEEDS?" asked my son as the above picture is what greeted us when we arrived home from an extended time away. "Oh weeds have lots of use" I replied. "They helped keep the ground cool while we were away and the plants didn't dry out and die". The tomato patch (above) was completely overgrown and the task seemed almost too much for a sleepy, worked until 1:00 a.m., mom made him get up EARLY to weed before it got too hot, teen-age boy. I went on to say," they are a good, nitrogen rich, mulch to lay between the rows, and remember...... I can sell them at market."
this post has a great recipe using Lamb's Quarter
After several hours of work the squash and tomatoes slowly began to appear
We even found that many of the plants had set on tomatoes while we were away
Weeds make an excellent layer of mulch between the rows of carrots.
I oft times use them as a cover crop.
Remember, a weed is just a nondescript, sometimes noxious, flower growing in the wrong spot.