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Kim Dostaler
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Hello! I am a new gardener/permaculturist, and I have several "weeds" growing in my garden and where I've disturbed soil for earthworks, and I'd love to find out what they are. I've already ID'd three of them (purslane, lambs quarters and plantain) and had a delicious salad of the three last night!

I've attached numbered pics, and I'm in northern Vermont, btw.

1. I thought 1 was violets, and then I thought it was mallow...now not sure

2 and 3 are the same and I have no idea what they are and they are everywhere.

4. The stem looks like purslane, but leaves are different...

5. No idea

6. Sorry for the bad pic. This one has a vertically striped red/yellow stem, yellow flowers, and sort of smoothly large serrated leaves.

7. No idea

Thanks everyone!
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S Bengi
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2 and 3 is amaranth aka pigweed it is edible and in the spinach/lamb quarter family. 1, 5 and 7 are garlic mustard. Go ahead and crush some leaves if they smell garlicky that is what they are if they don't smell garlicky then it is not. 1st year and 2nd year garlic mustard looks very different to the point where they look like completely different plants.
 
Dave Lodge
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7 Looks like White/Blue Wood Aster. Good for pollinators.

1 might be Creeping Charlie.
 
Cj Sloane
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I was going to say 2/3 are lambs quarters but could be pigweed.
Could 7 be a tree sucker like hazelnut?
 
Kris schulenburg
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1 looks like creeping charlie-i wish i knew how to get rid of it. According to Horizon Herbs(i think it was on their site) it was used instead of hops for beer making. It is also supposed to have some liver toxicity. Sheet mulching and pulling will set it back but it seems to pop up elsewhere with a vengeance. The sheep don't like it much so i don't like it.
2-3 pig weed and some lambs quarter
if (i meant 6)has a pungent smell, pull it before it goes too seed because it will really spread. i don't know what it is called. I was going to guess cat mint on 5 but the yellow flower doesn't fit.
 
Kim Dostaler
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Thanks everyone. I think 4 might be pigweed too. Looks pretty similar to this photo.

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I crushed 7 and 5 and I didn't think they particularly smelled of garlic...hmmm.

So no takers on 6? That one is really interesting looking. Will keep researching!

I did some googling—apparently creeping charlie is edible when young but doesn't taste great. It also has some medicinal uses, so it's not terrible

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Terri Matthews
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#1 looks like what we all ground ivy around here. It is a relative of the mint: it is mild in fragrance but it you pick a large handful you can smell it if it is ground ivy.
 
Kim Dostaler
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I forgot one! This...now this I am very confused about. It came up in an area I did an annual polyculture experiment in. At first I thought it must be some of the mustard seed mix I planted, then I thought it was the giant italian parsley, but then I saw it in my dad's garden and he didn't plant any of that. It smells divine and I nibbled on it, but was wondering if any of you knew what it was?
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duane hennon
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hi kim

the last one looks like mugwort
which has a smell although i don't know about "divine"



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