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Name that plant

By Penny Stine

Because I plant in plots and clumps (as opposed to neat, tidy and well-marked rows), and don’t write anything down, I’m often pleasantly and mysteriously surprised when I see something sprouting in the garden.
I tend to forget where I’ve planted things, although I’m usually pretty good about remembering that I planted something in that particular area.

But I’ve got something coming up in an area that I don’t remember planting anything...

I’ve gotten free, aged horse manure from a co-worker for the last two years to add to my dirt, and I remember seeing a certain weed that I hadn’t seen before in my tomato patch, where I had used the manure. This tiny little plant looks vaguely familiar, like it might be the weed I inadvertently imported from the friend’s manure.

The good news is that if it’s a weed, it’s not coming up anywhere else, just in this particular corner. Which is why it could also be something I deliberately planted.


As for these little seedlings… I know I planted something, and they look somewhat cabbage-y, but they could also be radishes. Or Brussels sprouts that never came up from the seed I threw down last year?
Can anyone tell me for sure what either of these are?

I wrote this last week but forgot to post. After a couple of days growth, I’m more certain that the second pic is a radish. Still thinking the first pic is a weed – it’s growing way to fast to be something I actually want!

I planted radishes, carrots, lettuce, radicchio, quinoa, perilla, broccoli, kale and a flower called love-in-a-mist on Sunday, but of course, didn’t write or take note of where I put anything. That just means that as everything starts to sprout in a week or two, it’ll be like Christmas. And yes, I know I plant odd things, but what's the point of growing a garden if you only grow what you can find at your local grocery store?


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