Real World Gardener Weeds as Messengers in Backyard Biodynamics

May 20th, 2019


Weed Tea

Have you ever though of weeds as messengers?

Probably not because like most gardeners, when we see weeds, we think of the work that’s needed to either pull them out or spray them with something or other.

Technically, weeds are classified as those plants which are growing in the wrong place as identified by the gardener. Weeds in paths and driveways are one example.



Weeds are plants that are not wanted

Either way, it often involves a bit of back breaking work which over the years doesn’t get any easier.

But is there a good side to the weed story?

Let’s find out. I'm talking with Diane Watkin, founder of Backyard Biodynamics Sydney,


Take heed of what weeds you have in the garden before you pull them out

Identifying weeds by soil type can help you determine what your soil may ultimately be lacking.

If you have poorly drained soil for example, you may find that chickweed, spurge, violet, moss, knotweed and sedge  likes to grow there.


Stellaria media-Chickweed

chickweed and Spurge are also indicators of alkaline soil.

Weeds can also help you pinpoint nutrient deficiencies.

Thistles indicate lack of Magnesium and Copper.

Both are trace elements which is easy enough to treat your soil for.

Clover in your lawn indicates lack of nitrogen too..Another easy fix. 

Weed Tea Brew For Your Garden

Weeds are also good accumulators of specific nutrients.

Put this back into your soil by making a weed tea: all you need to do is steep a bucket of weeds (not seeded) in water for several weeks.

The resulting brew, can be diluted and poured back into the garden.

If you have any questions either for me or for Dianne, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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