Mystery

chuckmasonJanuary 11, 2014

What is this?
It's in my vegetable garden box.
The base is now about 1" in diameter.
Mar Vista (west L.A.) about 1.5 miles from the ocean.

Thank you.

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chuckmason

And here's a close-up.
It is about 4 months old +-.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 7:15PM
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paleogardener(9)

That is Lambs Quarters or Goosefoot. He's a non-native weed.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 7:33PM
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chuckmason

I wonder how the seed got into my new box. But.......there was compost involved.
Still, just another mystery.
Is that plant edible? Or merely a weed?

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 9:55PM
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paleogardener(9)

Lambs Quarters probably came to California from Europe with the first boatload of cattle sometime around 1769. The leaves are edible & eaten as greens in some parts of the world. As far as weeds go, they aren't too obnoxious. Birds eat & distribute the seeds so maybe thats how he got into your box. He'll be good biomass to cycle back into your compost when he kicks the bucket or you decide to yank him.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 10:15PM
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chuckmason

Wifey is German, so we can re-enact WWII Koln and eat this thing every which way. I tried a bit, and it was not great, not bad.
Simmer it for about 5 hours w/ a little (lot) pig fat; mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Or I can yank it and NOT put it in the compost b/c it's covered w/ seeds.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 1:23AM
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CA Kate

You might want to cover the whole thing with a paper bag - or something - or the seeds will all be right back in your garden.... and all along the way to the bin. I wouldn't compost it.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 3:01PM
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paleogardener(9)

If you are a hot composter only tomato & squash seeds are an issue.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 5:17PM
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