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Is this a tomato plant?

And if so, what kind; is it sick? I planted a bunch of cherry tomato seeds and all came up looking the same except this one. Its foliage is totally different, it seems to grow slower, and frankly it seems to almost point its leaves up a tiny bit at night once the sun goes down...

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I'm almost 100% certain that is Lambs Quarters.

If it IS Lambs Quarters, it's considered a weed by many, if not most, but actually, it's pretty good to eat -- tender young leaves in salads, cooked later on as they get tougher -- and highly nutritious. HG is also doing some experiments with growing them as nurse crops for Corn.

Along with the strawberries and peas that are in season right now, LQ is my regular snack as I walk around my organic garden. :wink:

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but no, definitely NOT a tomato plant.... a common weed that came up with your tomatoes!

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I'm not positive what it is, but I do know exactly what it's not....a tomato :lol:.

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It isn't any tomato leaf I am familiar with like regular leaf or potato leaf. There is a third type of tomato leaf that I believe is called rugose leaf. I've never seen one and it may only be in some of the wild varieties of tomato.

I think applestar is right about it being Lambs Quarter. Lambs Quarter was a staple in the diet of early Americans simply because it grew prolifically wild. It also furnished many of the nutritional benefits derived from green vegetables as settlers moved westward. I've never understood why more work was never done to improve the varieties of Lambs Quarter for the home garden.


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