I had a tree that was growing in a 10 diameter pit that went down about 4 feet, said tree died and was chopped up for cordwood. I've since relocated some other rotting logs and a bit of soil that was on and around them to these pit to bring it up 2 feet above level.
Can anyone identify the plants I have growing here?
Isaac Hill wrote:That is Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) it has poisonous berries but you can eat the young leaves boiled in a change of water. I eat them with butter and salt and find the taste comparable to asparagus.
Thanks for the reply Issac. I plan on chopping and dropping this and covering with some top soil and then doing a winter cover crop of oats, barley and field peas(will wear long sleeves and gloves as it can cause dermatitis). With the toxic nature of the plant would anyone have concerns leaving it under the top soil and growing food crops on top?
lori paup wrote:I think it is red elder, Sambucus racemosa.