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Jason Talmage
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Location: Burkburnett, TX Zone 7b
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This grows like a little tree especially in compacted soils and has a big taproot. Just wondering what it is. In north Texas.
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Jason Talmage
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Thinking milkweed but corrected if I'm wrong
 
Alder Burns
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Definitely a pigweed....Amaranth. The greens are edible cooked (in moderate amounts especially in rich soils as it can accumulate nitrate), and so are the tiny seeds if you can manage to gather enough of them. It's an indicator of, yes, compacted, but also relatively fertile soils....
 
Jason Talmage
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Thanks alder. It kind of looked edible. I hoped this soil would be somewhat fertile. But I don't know if it is because of all the industrial fertilizer used around this area or if it is fertile naturally.
 
S Bengi
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Location: Massachusetts, Zone:6/7, AHS:4, Rainfall:48in even distribution
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Amaranth or calaloo in Jamaica. Same family as spinach so dont fertilize because it stores nitrates. Its really delicious.
 
Kris schulenburg
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it is growing with my cucumbers and the cucumber beetles are eating the pigweed instead of cucumbers. awesome stuff
 
Jason Talmage
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That is great to know. I am learning so much from this forum. Thank you so much.
 
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