I especially want dandelion
Im new here, so perhaps this topic has come up, but I didnt happen across it yet and being early early spring for me Im thinking of it lately.
Im in new mexico. Pretty harsh compared to where I am from originally. when i first started gardening here I realized I also had meaner weeds in my beds. they were all real fast to set deep taproots, so I did still compost them, but they were usually woody, so they took a good amount of time to break down. everything you needed gloves to pull, and often a shovel.
So I was experimenting with things like purslane, pigsweed, amaranth, dandelions, lamsquarters, and some others, as low water alternatives for my "greens". These things then spread on their own somewhat, all being heavy seeders. So far they've only spread to places I have improved.
this has had a VERY interesting effect. Now about roughly 60 percent of my "weeds" are these other things. I dont seem to have a higher amount of weeds in my beds, its just I have different ones. So now when i pull weeds i get to eat them!!! These all also compost better and will make a good food for chickens and my fish. they are all a bit easier to pull as well, if for no other reason then they can be handled without gloves.
You can have your weeds and eat them too.