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I'm hoping for some help identifying plants that show up in my yarden(s).
I think this might be smartweed.
If so,I'm wondering if it would make a good pest deterrent.
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These came up where I dumped some old seed mix.
They look like they might belng to an edible root crop,beets, turnips maybe?


Edit: I compared the leaves to a self sowing radish from previous years, and they match.
I should thin them, and stick some aliums in there.
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Beets?
 
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I'm fairly certain this burdock.
Lots of biomass, strong  roots,  sharp elbows.
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Burdock?
 
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The second one definitely isn't beets but it might be turnip or radish
 
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#1 I think you are right about this being in the smartweed family. I haven't noticed any bug deterrence where I allow it to grow. One recommendation, don't cut a piece of stalk off to poke in your soil as a marker. It really likes to become a new plant! I don't know the precise variety mine is, it is not spicy...

#2 Looks like turnips to me.

#3 Well... It is not Great Burdock. I've grown that in my garden for 4 years, so I'm really familiar with it. Maybe another variety? :You'll know when it flowers. Compare them to the article in the link: http://www.eattheweeds.com/burdock-banquet/
 
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Good call, I seem to have the lesser  burdock,  it never gets that tall.
The smartweed,seemingly pest proof might be turned into a great spray for other foilage, but I haven't the time or inclination.
I've chosen to chop n drop n chop some more with many of these plants.
Makes the wife and the government happy.
Smartweed is apparently a styptic,good for stopping bleeding,but it seems more trouble than it's worth.
I plan on sowing a relative,  buckwheat,  to compete with it.
Burdock is welcome at my place, until it goes to seed.
Got to stay on top of  it.
 
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I think this is pokeweed.
Edible? Three changes of water?
Not worth the trouble or risk.
Pulled and trampled.
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No idea what this is.
Lost of Creeping Charlie in the background. Man I love that stuff!
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Another set of leaf and flower photos.
Roots? Not sure why I didn't take photos, probably too hard to pull out, maybe I was hoping it was edible.
Lambsquarters,mint and hydrangeas in the back ground.
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Hydrangeas are reportedly edible, medicinal and poisonous.
The occupy prime real estate,so I would like to evict them.
They get a pass because the wife loves them.
 
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Chicory, flowers and stems.
I need to add a leaf photo.
In a bed with comfrey, borage, Creeping Charlie, and wonderberry, it struggles.
So bitter it gives me an immediate headache, it remains welcome  for the pollinators and my son who requested it.
The roots are supposed to be a good source of inulin, but they seem scrawny.
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Weird, flat round seed pods lead me to belive I have a Lunaria annua, but how did it get there?
Potential for dried flower arrangements and homemade condiments.
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Alien!
 
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“All leaf” photo: Maybe horseradish?

Both yellow Flowers “ and “Leaves” photos look like sow thistle.
http://www.eattheweeds.com/sonchus-sow-thistle-in-a-pigs-eye-2/
 
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Sow thistle,yes!
Thank you!
It totally looked eatable, and it is.
My yard salad game is getting better n better.
 
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William Bronson wrote:No idea what this is.
Lost of Creeping Charlie in the background. Man I love that stuff!



Lactuca serriola prickly lettuce.
 
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About your potential Pokeweed…

Mine is not that shiny, and the vein structure is different than my poke. In my region, only the very new leaves appear shiny, up to 3 inches in length, then they have a flat matte appearance. See photos below.
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William Schlegel wrote:

William Bronson wrote:No idea what this is.
Lost of Creeping Charlie in the background. Man I love that stuff!



Lactuca serriola prickly lettuce.



I think you nailed it!
Spines on the back of the leaves and everything.
Worth having around, I'm tempted to milk one.
I should definitely protect it and harvest the seeds,propagate it for sale as a tea herb or even Maror.

I love that my yard is filled with food and medicine, much of which just found its way to me.

I wonder if a family plant book would be a good idea.
Like a family cook book, but for the plants a family has a relationship with.
My kids know a lot of plants , just by looking at them ,but an actual reference book, one that could be added too, might be a great project.

 
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Great post! I find this job of plant identification fascinating.

I bought this book recently and was astounded by how many plants I've labeled 'weeds' that are actually edible - http://www.eatthatweed.com/edible-weeds-book/

Apparently most of them aren't just found in Australia, some are found on every continent of the globe and can be used for medicinal and/or nutritional properties. Some have more nutrient and Vitamin C than our common vegetables!
 
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This is one of my grape vines.
I'm pretty sure it's a seedling, rather than the original concord grape.
Any ideas what the rot is?
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Bad Bunch
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About the pokeweed, yeah,these are very young  plants.
I shall not suffer pokeweed to live.
Too many hazards  for too little gain.

 
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Thank you Joylynn.
So, my pruning is haphazard.
I'm getting better.
I pruned hard in late winter.
But not hard enough.
I've pruned a lot since.
I see results, vines that produced nothing last year are making grapes this year.
But I will be more ruthless still.
The infected fruit will go into the fire,and the lush leaves shading the fruit will be cut back.
I had worried about fruit scald, but in our humid climateblack rot is now public enemy #.

The bed beneath is bare, due to shade and chickens.
I have been working on it,prepping it for something.
Aromatic herbs it shall be.
But what herbs thrive in shade?

 
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Well! It was hiding from me, but I finally found it! Check out this thread. https://permies.com/t/71394/Shade-Tolerant-Edible-Cooperative-Community
 
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