JuliaGoolia
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Mystery plant in the garden

I am so sorry. I thought I had the pics added. Here they are. Thank you.

[img]https://img208.imageshack.us/img208/75/mysteryplant.jpg[/img]

[img]https://img708.imageshack.us/img708/3656/mystery2.jpg[/img]

[img]https://img20.imageshack.us/img20/9571/mystery3l.jpg[/img]
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Excuse me? We are supposed to be able to identify a plant with ONLY the information that it is 4' tall and prolific? There are 1000's of plants that fit that description.

Show us a few pictures of the plant and its leaves (and flowers if any). Instructions for posting photos here are in New to Helpful Gardener? under Helpful Tips and Suggestions for New Members.
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good ol' lambs-quarter. one of the best wild edible greens, imo. big and healthy, too.

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Yup! Great edible weed... Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food.â€
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Oh how wonderful. I now plan to try some of it this evening. This is the first year it has appeared. Thank you so much :)

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If you decide that you like it, Julia, you may want to try its close relative: orach.

I had lambsquarters twice last week but I could have been enjoying them for several weeks now. With orach, I allow a mother plant, in an out-of-the way corner, to go to seed every year so that it self-sows. Orach will be the very first vegetable harvested each spring from my garden.

It is sometime called "mountain spinach" but I don't really know how the "mountain" enters into the name. Those early orach plants are very tender and useful even in a salad. All 3, orach, lambsquarters and spinach are fairly closely related. They all have about the same flavor and, I like 'em!

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That picture of lambsquarter posted is much too mature to eat.
When my plants get that large, I tip them, and cook the tips.

I haven't grown orach, but I grow a lot of magenta spreen (chenopodium giganteum).

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