Green wheatgrass awls
This grass is familiar to every gardener and gardener. Here, on the site, she is a malicious weed. Weeding, mowing, digging, no matter how carefully they are conducted, do not completely free the soil from wheatgrass. After a week or two, you see, ribbed leaves reappeared. Especially a lot of wheatgrass happens in potato plantings. And here only careful weeding and hilling will help.
Of the 60 species of wheatgrass, the most common is creeping wheatgrass. They call it creeping for a reason: the rhizome is spreading in all directions, capturing more and more areas. Even a small section of the root, falling into the furrow, grows in breadth over time, greatly clogging the arable land. Yes, wheat grass not only in areas, but also in the fields - a dangerous weed, where peasants have been fighting with it for centuries. Combing the fresh arable land with harrows, every spring they dragged whole shafts of pulled roots to the side of the fields. That’s why the name of the wheatgrass - the harrow was also called. A dog’s tooth, grasshopper, wheatgrass - these nicknames were given to the plant for its “swarming” (puffing - piercing) ability. Clogged crops occur in spring in full proportions with green spikes of weed seedlings. And also the peasant name wheatgrass - rust, rye, breadman. An ear looks like a grain, but there are no grains, and where it is - not that.
An effective system of agrotechnical measures has been developed against malicious wheatgrass weed. It provides for strangulation of a weed by deep incorporation into the soil: it does not emerge from great depths. A careful selection of rhizomes will also weaken the plant unnecessary in the garden. We also have at our disposal such a means as the depletion of weeds by oppressive crops, for example, seeded herbs. And finally, chemical and manual weeding.
But wheat grass is not only a malicious weed, it is of some interest both as a fodder and as a medicinal plant.
Creeping wheatgrass roots endowed with outstanding healing properties. In folk medicine, they were used as a blood purifier, as well as for diseases of the respiratory tract and urinary organs. By the beginning of our century, the medicinal use of wheatgrass was thoroughly forgotten. In a two-volume work “Russian Medicinal Plants” (Pg., 1918) M. V. Rytov categorically emphasized: “We can say that this plant ended its medical field”. Fifty years later, pharmacists after careful research came to another conclusion: wheatgrass should be in the flora of health. In its rhizomes, the polysaccharide triticin, saponins, essential oil, organic acids, mucus, vitamin C, carotene were found. Suitable for use as an enveloping, diuretic, diaphoretic, emollient.
Collect wheat grass in autumn or spring.