What the heck is this plant?

Metaphor_June 8, 2014

Hi guys,

Hoping you can help me figure out what this plant is. I'm a new gardener, planted a bunch of things but forgot to label them, and now I have a few of these odd things in my container garden.

They have what look like mini-thorns on the outside, but they don't sting. Pretty big plants compared to everything else. And they just shot up within a few weeks.

Some things that are within the realm of possibility:

Radish watermelon
Early snowball turnip

It's probably not a weed, since I started the garden from scratch using potting mix. I live in Toronto. Any thoughts would be helpful.

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

All the possibilities you mention are Brassicas and the plant in the picture is a Brassica which has bolted i.e. gone to flower before it grew enough leafage to harvest as a vegetable. I can't tell from the photo which of the three is might be but would lean towards the radish from what I can see from the leaves.

On a general note you have really way too many veggies in the planter, unless you are growing for cut and come again saladings.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 4:02AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

And you have a heck of a nice view as well.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 9:47AM
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Thanks guys! Once you said it bolted, I ripped it out. It smelled radishy when I broke it up. Maybe it was a watermelon radish--if so, I guess that's one crop I won't bother with anymore.

Do you think it bolted because it was too crowded? Not enough light? Too hot? I get around 5h direct sunlight from 1pm-7pm. It's started hitting 26 degrees C.

As for the spacing... thank you for the suggestion! I have no idea what I'm doing :) I was trying to follow square foot gardening guidelines; apparently I was too aggressive.

The lettuce tastes fairly bitter, but the little chards are tasty. The peas are taking forever - finally they're showing some pods, though I planted them back in early April. I thought I'd get more food out of two 114L containers... d'oh :/

Thanks for the feedback!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 6:42PM
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Looks like arugula.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 10:32PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It's a radish. Red base to the stem is where the root has failed to develop. It bolted for all the reasons you thought of.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:59PM
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