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I dreamed of a neat plant last night...
Tasted like a cross between chard and romaine, seeds looked like chard, but the leaves grew 6 foot tall! Edit: The seed heads were about 15 feet tall!!
It was being sold to restaurants pre-chopped in bags.
I got seeds because I wanted to try it as a non-thorny hedge the deer couldn't eat totally down. Feed them too much to eat it all :)
If anyone has these seeds, please tell me!! :D
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:I dreamed of a neat plant last night...
Tasted like a cross between chard and romaine, seeds looked like chard, but the leaves grew 6 foot tall!
It was being sold to restaurants pre-chopped in bags.
I got seeds because I wanted to try it as a non-thorny hedge the deer couldn't eat totally down. Feed them too much to eat it all :)
If anyone has these seeds, please tell me!! :D



Oh, I would LOVE that plant!! Chard is one of my favorite greens for so many, many reasons. It's on the good list for helping with liver/gallstone issues, too. I'd eat chard every day if I could (and some times I do!).
 
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And after you send seeds to Pearl and Jocelyn, send a few my way!

I keep having weird dreams lately....I like yours better Pearl.
 
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Greg Martin wrote:

I keep having weird dreams lately....I like yours better Pearl.


My dreams are WAY more fun than my real life, these days. I always have neat dreams!!
Or REALLY vivid nightmares, just a matter of which emotional reaction I have to the vivid creative and bizarre dreams. I have had people say they wish they could film my dreams.
 
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Let's get Lofthouse on it right away - that guy can breed something new like this in no time!
 
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I'd like to see eat the deer after their feasting.

Noticed some tiny bell peppers in a seed catalog. Did not see any six foot tall lettuce. Wow. That would be excellent!
 
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I have eaten your plant Pearl!😄

We intentionally let romaine bolt bcause my husband loves it cooked and we mix it with chard. (Saute in bacon grease, salt and pepper).

The romaine plant gets about 5 feet tall.  I only wish the leaves did too!
 
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Mike:
I have grown the itty bell peppers, they are very cute but the walls are super thin, not a lot of flavor to them. I don't recommended them.
And my neighbors have a deer blind in the back, they will be happy when I'm feeding the deer lots of healthy food :)

Tina:
The seed heads on it were at 15 feet or so tall :)
I have had chard grow 2 foot tall leaves and 6 foot seed stalks, but have never seen what I dreamed of :)

 
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I know of a plant that grows huge like that but it is very, very poisonous.  Giant Hogweed.

We might be able to breed the poisons out of it though, this might be an interesting experiment. It might even lead to a non poisonous variety
Is it ok to call it "the Pearl Experiment" ?

 I'll see if I can use one of the old greenhouses at the school so it is away from the student body and then I'll put in a call to a friend that can collect one as a baby.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:I know of a plant that grows huge like that but it is very, very poisonous.  Giant Hogweed.

We might be able to breed the poisons out of it though, this might be an interesting experiment. It might even lead to a non poisonous variety
Is it ok to call it "the Pearl Experiment" ?

 I'll see if I can use one of the old greenhouses at the school so it is away from the student body and then I'll put in a call to a friend that can collect one as a baby.



I can think of a LOT more useful things to breed with :) Maybe imprison romaine, chard and perennial kale and see what grows in a few seasons.

I had looked up giant hogweed before, when trying to identify a weed on my place, doesn't look friendly. Never really did decide what I had weed-wise, was either poison hemlock, or some rowdy wild carrot with some disease. I ended up gloving etc like it was hemlock and removing it by the roots.
 
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Has anyone tasted 'Empress Wu' yet?  I very much enjoy eating the new leaves of hostas cooked, but I haven't added this one to my gardens yet.


Still not as big as Pearl's dream though (Pearl dreams BIG!)
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:

Bryant RedHawk wrote:I know of a plant that grows huge like that but it is very, very poisonous.  Giant Hogweed.

We might be able to breed the poisons out of it though, this might be an interesting experiment. It might even lead to a non poisonous variety
Is it ok to call it "the Pearl Experiment" ?

 I'll see if I can use one of the old greenhouses at the school so it is away from the student body and then I'll put in a call to a friend that can collect one as a baby.



I can think of a LOT more useful things to breed with :)




RedHawk….you are an adventuresome fellow!  You got me to thinking that I need to plant (and eat) an Udo (Aralia cordata).  Check out this one....that guy is over 6' tall.  We need a picture of giant Paul and the giant Udo!!!



Still, doesn't look like Pearl's plant very much....the search continues.
 
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Hostas are edible?! New one on me. I've just never cared for how they look, never researched them. There are SO many plants I adore and want, I never looked at hostas.

And a quick look up, thanks, you just added Udo (Aralia cordata) to my want list! That puts me at 14,382 plants I want now!! :D
I'm glad I don't keep a countable list, I'd make myself cry.
 
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Pearl, how about tiny hostas as a shady spot edible groundcover?  (see pic at bottom)
Stephen Barstow has a great article on eating hostas in Permaculture Magazine

Speaking of Stephen, here's a picture of him getting eaten by his Udo plant (never try this with Giant Hogweed!)

From Stephen's Edimental site.

If you haven't gotten a copy of his book Around the World in 80 Plants you should treat yourself to it!
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Pearl Sutton wrote:And a quick look up, thanks, you just added Udo (Aralia cordata) to my want list! That puts me at 14,382 plants I want now!! :D
I'm glad I don't keep a countable list, I'd make myself cry.



I am an evil plant pusher disguised as a lovable Permies Staff member....don't tell anyone!
 
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Greg Martin wrote:
I am an evil plant pusher disguised as a lovable Permies Staff member



That needs to be on your resume... :D
And a book pusher, that's my other weakness!!
Bad Greg!!! :D
 
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Ooooh. Forgot that hostas are edible. Have the perfect place for them. First one is free right?
 
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Mike Barkley wrote:Ooooh. Forgot that hostas are edible. Have the perfect place for them. First one is free right?


Mike, you know how this works!  (but the S+H is where I get you...remember, I said evil)
 
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First one free is always a hazard!
Someone told me the first chicken is free...

 
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This almost looks like a 6 ft tall chard:





They cheat:




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Anne: That's some rowdy chard, indeed!!

 
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Pearl, maybe you dreamed about Giant Kale?

Or from that thread:

 'Richmond’s Pride’, a purple 'tree collard' that grows to 6-10' and 3' wide.




Amazon Link to Tree Collard

From the ad:

Tree Collards are much like regular collard greens except that they are 5-6 feet tall with purple-tinted leaves growing up a single tall stalk.






 
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Oh Anne, you just threw me down another rabbithole... Thank you!! Wow, cool, I'll look all of that concept up. Oh my. How have I missed this?

Edit: Oh dear, and now I'm on a site called Rare and Exotic seeds... This won't end well. I am on a dumpster diver budget, not a rare seed one...
 
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