Chenopodium album is vulnerable to leaf miners, making it a useful trap crop as a companion plant. Growing near other plants, it attracts leaf miners which might otherwise have attacked the crop to be protected. It is a host plant for the beet leafhopper, an insect which transmits curly top virus to beet crops.
Each plant produces tens of thousands of black seeds. These are high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Quinoa is a closely related species which is grown specifically for its seeds. It is also used as a medicinal plant in traditional African medicine.
it is also used as food (both the leaves and the seeds) for chickens, hens and other poultry. However, the nitrates in the plant can be converted very efficiently to nitrites in the rumen of cattle, leading to changes in haemoglobin and reducing the ruminants' oxygen binding capacity.
in all my vegetables have done better this year with my weeds growing alongside than in years past when I have kept the rows 100% weed free.
Brenda Groth wrote:
absolutely keep lambsquarters if you like cooked spinach, as it is superior and free..and grows better than spinach in hot summers.
Can someone tell me if I transplant it from my one garden to the other, is it likely to take, and also will I still get the benefits. [the reason for transplanting is that I am leaving the 1st garden.]
Can someone tell me if I transplant it from my one garden to the other, is it likely to take, and also will I still get the benefits.