In The Garden: weed

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Majentas, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Majentas

    Majentas Active Member

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    Hey Everyone, I have this weed in all my flowerbeds/garden, do you know the name of it? It has shallow roots and is everywhere..
    Thanx for the help,
    Anita
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    One of the weedy annual knot-weed species, these are frequent and asked about repeatedly.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Majentas, I like that Eat the Weeds website. Thanks for posting the link. It has a lot of well-written, comprehensive articles, giving identification, time of year, locations, history, pronunciation, food preparation, medicinal uses.
     
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    Douglas Justice Active Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    The weedy Polygonum species are good indicators of fertile soil. Unfortunately, many weeds (including smartweeds) are opportunistic and tend to accumulate excess nitrate in their tissues. This is great for the plants (and for green manuring), but nitrate is poisonous for people and animals. I'm surprised that there isn't a warning on that particular blog.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    So that's why farmers put so much nitrate fertiliser on their fields!?
     

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