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Another dandelion fan here!I think I once read that you can cover the plants - like forcing rhubarb - to obtain less bitter leaves for salad. I haven't tried it yet.
louiseww wrote (see)
.... Bees love dandelions... If you want a riot of colour and not a regimented display as seen in council flower beds, leave them alone for the insects who love them ...
The point about insects needing nectar is very important.
Just at the moment, there are not that many other flowers providing nectar. I have a patch of long grass. Every garden should have one. I took these snaps this morning:
I'm sure other people can grow dandelions better than I can.
When I took this snap, I didn't realise that a ladybird had also sneaked into the photo (at the bottom left corner):