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plant ID please

 
Richard Gorny
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In raised bed where I have sown kale, such seedlings as on the photo below are growing. I have never grown kale before, I do not think it is kale... What plant it is ?
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Jessica Gorton
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Based on the leaves, it looks like a mustard-family plant. Let one go to flower and then post a pic of that - it's a lot easier to determine a species based on the flowers.
 
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I also have that "weed" growing. I would be very interested to know what it is.
I also sowed quite a few plant seed that I have never planted before and now I dont know if what I see growing is weeds or what I planted.
I fear this year will be a waste and next year I will just have to re-buy my perennial vegetables/herbs again and start indoor in trays.
 
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It certainly looks like a mustard-family plant to me. If you are sure the bed was clean of weed seeds it's possible the seed was mixed in with your kale seed. I've even bought expensive hybrid cauliflower seed and had a good percentage of it come up and turn out to be something like rutabagas (you can't tell the difference till they are a few weeks old)---accident or deliberate adulteration who knows....
 
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I did plant some daikon radishes. And after googling it. I am pretty sure thats what I have hooray for me but it could be turkish rocket. My garden is a surprise garden
Did you plant anything else other than kale this year in your garden.
 
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It is not kale. It looks like Arugula, but could be winter cress / rocket / mustard or any number of brassicaceae. If you are familiar with the aroma and flavor of Arugula, crush and smell or nibble and taste or as Jessica stated let it grow out and flower for easer identification.

http://www.google.com/search?q=arugula+leaves+image&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=iLWjUc6wFJe34AOS6oDQBw&ved=0CCsQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=857
 
Richard Gorny
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Thanks for all replies. Unfortunately this is my first attempt to gardening and I'm unable to compare things yet. This plant tastes very well and it is very possible that this is Arugula, however I have no idea how it could get into place where I have sown kale seeds. I do have arugula's seeds, and I did sown them, but in another raised bed, in one of the square foot square. Anyway, it looks like a very tasty surprise and I will definitely not remove it. The question however is - where is my kale now?

I also sowed quite a few plant seed that I have never planted before and now I dont know if what I see growing is weeds or what I planted.


That's exacly how I feel - even notes and labels are not helping, but I assume it is a part of the fun and of a learning curve.
 
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So far, I know very little about gardening but I DO know that we have a ton of invasive garlic mustard all over our yard and woodland area here in Minnesota. Looks a lot like it..eventually grows a taller inner stem with a white flower on top. Many people here despise because it takes over native species it but it is supposed to be very tasty! Just thought you'd like to know as it may spread faster than you'd like if that is even what it is!

Best,
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Richard Gorny
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Thanks Jenny, I will keep an eye on it
 
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Actually just walked out and compared the leaves and don't think it's garlic mustard! Glad it's tasty!!
 
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Hi Richard, I looks like you have baby kale plants surrounding the larger plant in the center of the photo. I was wondering what type of Kale and Arugula did you plant? Since you are in Poland you may have access to an exotic type of brassicaceca ( kale, arugula).
 
Richard Gorny
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Rick, as description on the seed pack says, kale is a medium height variety called Vitessa, Brassica oleracea convar.acephala var.sabellica



As to arugula, the seed pack just says that - no info on variety, cultivar etc.
 
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Wow, that's some crinkly kale! It would probably make great kale chips!
 
Richard Gorny
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Well, if only the plants were like on the seed pack ...

I will keep you posted on my progress, I hope kale will grow as well (and that I will not confuse it with weeds lol)
 
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