new videos
hot off the press!  
    more about rocket
mass heaters here.

more videos from
the PDC here.
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Is this lambs quarters?  RSS feed

 
Elisha Gray
Posts: 9
Location: Sussex County, NJ
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This plant volunteered to grow alongside my raised bed of lettuce and cooking greens. I was wondering if its lamb's quarters, its now over 4 feet tall....



2012-06-28_16-20-55_744.jpg
[Thumbnail for 2012-06-28_16-20-55_744.jpg]
Pic 3
2012-06-28_16-21-06_300.jpg
[Thumbnail for 2012-06-28_16-21-06_300.jpg]
Pic 2
2012-06-28_16-21-18_142.jpg
[Thumbnail for 2012-06-28_16-21-18_142.jpg]
Pic 1
 
wayne stephen
steward
Posts: 1793
Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
104
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yes and if you let it seed you will have thousands more. I have thousands more this year and it is a blessing. Clover dried up and Lambsquarters became a free cover crop . Have had multiple chop and drops and it keeps coming back. Makes a good pot of greens too.
 
William James
gardener
Posts: 1014
Location: Northern Italy
23
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Nice Lambsquarters you have there!!! Big leaves. Bon a petit!

wayne stephen wrote:Yes and if you let it seed you will have thousands more. I have thousands more this year and it is a blessing. Clover dried up and Lambsquarters became a free cover crop . Have had multiple chop and drops and it keeps coming back. Makes a good pot of greens too.


Wayne: did you spread the seed immediately or did you dry it and spread it the following spring? I'm trying to do the same at the moment...it hasn't gone to seed just yet.
W
 
wayne stephen
steward
Posts: 1793
Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
104
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Actually , I noticed a few plants last fall. That is it. This year they are everywhere. 1/3 of my garden is covered - every inch.
 
Morgan Morrigan
Posts: 1400
Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
eat 'em young and short.

only let the ones that taste great go to seed (look at the color strips on the big stalks.)

chop and drop, leave the roots in the ground.

mine are about 12" tall at maturity and seeding.....
 
Cal Edon
Posts: 36
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
wayne stephen wrote:Actually , I noticed a few plants last fall. That is it. This year they are everywhere. 1/3 of my garden is covered - every inch.
In a year or two they'll probably be gone unless the ground is disturbed again.

The seed is edible too, remember - it's such a close relative of quinoa that the plants will interbreed. Only the young leaves are really suitable for eating, unfortunately. It's great for opening up compacted soil, though. And browsers won't touch the stuff!
 
Judith Browning
Posts: 5859
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
346
bike chicken fungi trees urban woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We eat lambs quarters all summer, our favorite and most reliable cooked green. I pick just the growing tips and the plants get pretty bushy. eventually I will let one go to seed...then when ripe shake it over the beds where I want it next year. Ive noticed here it has some early leaf miner damage but if I keep pinching out those growing tips eventualy there is no more bug damage.
I did not know the term chop and drop until recntly but I dont think we could do that to this plant unless I grew alot more.
 
Your mind is under my control .... your will is now mine .... read this tiny ad
Systems of Beekeeping Course - Winterization Now Available
https://permies.com/t/69572/Systems-Beekeeping-Winterization
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!