I have learned things about my yard the last two springs. So before we started chopping grass (and weeds, flowers, and whatever else was in the yard), I went on a hunting expedition.
Inspired by my friend Heidi, I even tried Violet Jelly last spring. It didn't turn out as pretty as the pictures I had seen on the internet, and one batch didn't set up right. Furthermore, my family doesn't eat a lot of jelly. So, I decided not to try jelly again this year. But for those interested, Violet Jelly could be a fun project with pretty and tasty results.
If you choose to gather violets for salad or jelly, look for the nicest bunches. We have them all over our yard so I stand back and look for the best spots. I don't want to take the time to try to gather them all! They're small and it's a little tedious. But hey, it's free!
With the harvesting done, we began mowing. My daughter and I took turns mowing. During one of my times mowing, I smelled an oniony smell. After I finished, I went back to the spot and investigated. Sure enough I had some volunteer onions growing. I pulled them up and put them in water to replant later.
Look around and see what freebies your yard has to offer. Of course, follow standard precautions: don't eat anything you're not sure about, beware of chemical treatments, use special care if you are pregnant and have stray cats that poop in your yard, etc. With those cautions in mind, I can tell you I ate everything pictured and lived to write about it :-) Happy Hunting!