I hate thistles and dandelions in my yard and garden. We could spray them with Round Up, but I don't like that stuff close to where my boys are playing. What's a girl to do? Well, I read about this great idea on someone's blog a long time ago.
Step #1: Boil Water
Step #2: Dump boiling water all over the weed you wish to get rid of, being careful not to burn yourself.
Step #3: Within seconds, the weed will wilt and start turning brown. By the next day, it will usually be dead.
Step #4: Rejoice that the weed is dead.
This method works great for thistles that seem to grow in abundance all over my yard. By the next day, they are "rotted", and I just kick at them to remove them.
Boiling water. . . . it's just not for tea time!