tovfla
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Are these weeds?

I planted a bunch of arugula and now have a lot of these weed looking plants all over:

[img]https://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/tovaphotography/SprintPhoto_bpe1ie.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/tovaphotography/SprintPhoto_cpe1ie.jpg[/img]

I also planted a sweet pepper mix and have this plant growing:

[img]https://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/tovaphotography/SprintPhoto_dpe1ie.jpg[/img]

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Looks like purslane. It's actually edible and can be used as an herb https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=221208#221208

https://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Purslane.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea

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yes and no.

yes because it is a weed,

and no its not a weed because its extremely delicious and nitritous. give it a try it tastes like crisp lettuce.
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wow thanks! good to know. what about the second plant? it looks different than purslane.

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You have a bunch of weeds, actually. I agree that the top pic's prominent plant is purslane. But you also have a small spurge to the lower right, and something not purslane and not spurge or arugula immediately below the edible one. And if extreme lower left is not one you planted (and it's not arugula either), it could be a Chenopodium spp. Too variable to tell, too young to ID. Could be edible, could be not.

Bottom pic has an amaranth of some sort. Also edible, but double check with local field guides. There are some grown for grain and some for greens, and some just for flowers.

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Oh, good. thanrose has set you straight. I was also going to say I see spurge (not edible) in the first picture next to the edible Purslane.

I was going to say the bottom picture looks like Pigweed which as thanrose said is a kind of amaranth and has edible leaves. But it will scatter hundreds/thousands? of seeds so harvest and chop down the plant -- don't let it set seed unless you want more of it next year in the same spot.

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the amaranth looks likes there's a fair amount of greens to cut before it even thinks about flowering. regardless if it's a kind that's 'for' seed or greens or flowers, the greens are in great shape and look ready to cut.

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everyone is so helpful :)

I tried the purslane in tomato soup and it added a nice crunch.

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https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=217232#217232

purslane potato salad recipe
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