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Weed or Veggie?

Posted by tazdevyl1 z6 NJ (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 9, 12 at 12:10

After weeding out my veggie bed ( I HATE amaranth now) I found this lone plant, and hoping it's a veggie, possibly a pepper? and not another weed..

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RE: Weed or Veggie?

Not a pepper. Looks like tomato in the background though.


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Looks like Velvet Leaf to me (a weed)


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Yeah, knew about the tomato! LOL

I swear there was NOTHING but grass here when I started this bed...add dirt, get weeds.

Any chance of knowing the tiny things in there?


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i may be mistaken but that looks like a campanela. correct me if i am wrong. do a search for campanela leaves.


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Between the two, Velvetleaf fits more. Both have pretty flowers though..are either bad for the veggie bed?

I know I put seeds of an "N" named flower in there. Just cant remember if it was Nemesia, Nicotiana, or something else.


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I have never heard anyone say a velvet leaf has a pretty flower, although my memories of velvet leaf is pulling them from a hot, mosquito infested soybean field. They really do not pull easy. As far as if they are "bad" for a vegetable garden, other than stealing nutrients, space, water spreading shade etc. I guess they won't harm much. Could be much worse weeds to have to deal with


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Maybe Nasturtium is what you planted - a common companion plant. But the leaves are definitely not nasturtiums. Sorry.


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Trust me on this one, it is a velvet leaf. Pull it out and toss it. If you want more practice, come to my house I have 1/2 acre of winter squash that needs weeded.

Jay


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Its definitely velvet leaf and is a weed. I pull them in my back garden all the time.


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Thanks guys! It shall be gone.


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I pull them often but didn't know the name of the plant. I just looked at the wiki for velvet leaf and found that it causes large damage or cost for control in corn fields specifically. However it also said that in Asia the leaves can be eaten as cooked greens and the seeds are eaten too.


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Definitely velvet leaf, a weed in the mallow family. It closely resembles okra (which is a domesticated mallow) in the seedling stage. The seeds are very long-lived, you do NOT want to let it go to seed, or you'll have it forever.


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RE: Weed or Veggie?

It looks like a weed I have a lot of it it drives me crazy. If you ignore it it will cover the entire yard it happened to me


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