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Can't figure out what I was sold?

 
Daniel Pock
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So I was sold some seed that were supposed to be red cover, but instead it was 3 different plant's that I cannot for the life of me identify; so I've come the the people who inspired me to garden for help. I was planning on it being my cover crop but since it's not clover i've ripped it out. Here's a link to photos, thanks in advanced.
 
S Carreg
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the first one looks like it could be basil, the second one is fat hen or goosefoot and the third i dont know. fat hen/goosefoot is a useful plant, it's edible (use like spinach but cook it), in fact in some places it's sold at vegetable markets. but it's a weed that grows on pretty much any disturbed ground, so it may not have been in the seed packet, but just lying dormant in your soil (could also be the case with number 3, which i think i recognise but can't ID). when did you sow the clover, are you sure it had enough time and the right conditions to germinate?
 
Eric Thomas
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#2 is Lamb's Quarters around here. Definitely edible, very delicious.
 
jacque greenleaf
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The first one is awfully tall for a basil - the best way to tell is to just smell it! I think it might be some kind of chenopodium. Second one is lambs quarters. Have no clue about the third one.

Get your money back. People who sell mislabeled seed should be called on it. It's probably an honest mistake, if so they should be given the chance to rectify it and keep you as a customer.
 
S Carreg
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oh haha that's hilarious, so THAT'S what lamb's quarters is? although i grew up in the states i started learning about stuff in the UK, where it's fat hen or goosefoot. i kept reading about people growing lamb's quarters and wasn't sure what they meant, now i know!

funny story, one time in india i was in a vegetable market where no one spoke any english and i was delighted to find a big bunch of that on a herb stall, i went to pay for it and they wouldnt sell it to me, and were running around trying to find an interpreter to ask me 'why you want to buy that, you dont know what it is!' they couldnt believe that a westerner knew what it was. yummy, is what it is!
 
jacque greenleaf
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Aside from berries, lamb's quarters is my favorite wild edible!

It's welcome wherever it pops up, and we have a lot of it.
 
wanda hermann
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the first looks like amaranth or quinoa to me. I'm pretty sure its not basil.
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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