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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 8, 2014 9:53 AM CST
Out of all the eggplant seeds I sowed with new store bought seed starter, only two sprouted. So, I have been taking care of them carefully for the last three months. Yesterday, I noticed they look very much like a weed that grows everywhere here.

My eggplant:

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So I looked up what eggplant seedlings were supposed to look like. Well, they were weeds! I went an bought some real eggplants from the store yesterday.
My eggplants:





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And she lived happily ever after,
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herbie43
Apr 8, 2014 12:51 PM CST
that's scary

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DavidofDeLand
Apr 8, 2014 1:12 PM CST
I love blue and green together! Its like Eggplants on Venus! Hilarious!
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 8, 2014 1:17 PM CST
Special east tx blue Venus eggplants!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 8, 2014 1:45 PM CST

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The blue tint to your photos is caused by your camera's white balance setting. Change it to the default "Auto" white balance and your photos will look more realistic.

The plants depicted in the first photo are Lamb's Quarters. It's actually a nice weed that is edible and useful for many things.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Apr 8, 2014 7:34 PM CST
That's exactly what I thought about the first photo, Dave.

I was about to post, "Those aren't weeds. Those are one of our host and webmaster's favorite edible plants!"

Maybe you've kept them and will be growing them for your salads, soups, or for your chickens, T-kitty.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 8, 2014 8:09 PM CST

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We love eating lamb's quarters! And we often sell them in our local master gardener plant sale, believe it or not! Hilarious! Hey, if you don't have 'em, you'll need to get them from somewhere!
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Apr 8, 2014 8:20 PM CST
I bought two Lamb's Quarters plants at the local Herb Festival on Saturday. In addition to 3 Comfrey and a bunch of other plants. Dave is a bad influence!! Smiling
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 8, 2014 8:31 PM CST
These plants in my yard never have that long spike of flowers,

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And don't have a whitish cast



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I'm going to get another photo tomorrow

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tveguy3
Apr 9, 2014 4:03 AM CST
Well, it's hard to believe people would buy Lamb's Quarter. It's so invasive here I could feed the whole county. The horses won't eat it unless there is nothing else to eat. If left unchecked it will take over the pasture. Wondering if you eat it like a salad green or cook it or both?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 9, 2014 6:46 AM CST

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We've never cooked it, just eat the tips raw.

Chickens really love lamb's quarters and perform well on a diet of the plant. It also makes great mulch around your orchard trees.
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TimHoover
Apr 9, 2014 8:46 PM CST
Wow! People would BUY Lambs Quarters?!? When I lived in the North, it was the biggest pest in my garden. This past season, it has shown up on my farm here. I cringed when I saw it- and sure enough, I see a bajillion seedlings all over the place this spring. I have tried to eat it (cooked), but, well, uhmmm...yuck. Taste like a weed to me, lol. I admit that I never tried it raw, perhaps I will change my mind. It appears as though I will have plenty of opportunity this year.
Thanks for the tip Dave.
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dave
Apr 10, 2014 7:43 AM CST

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I've never tried it cooked. But cooked greens have never been my thing. I always like the raw veggies. Smiling
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 10, 2014 7:46 AM CST
That's cause you're from Wisconsin? Greens are a BIG deal here.
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tveguy3
Apr 10, 2014 11:30 AM CST
I'm from Wisconsin,and I like lots of greens, Spinich, Cale, Swiss Chard, Collard, even beet greens to name a few.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 10, 2014 12:48 PM CST
I was wondering if anyone's tried melon greens? I would think they would have to be cooked.
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