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atg
Woodbridge
Canada

May 26, 2013
5:42 PM

Post #9535090

I have those 5 plants in my backyard and wonder if they are weeds. What are they? Are they edible?
Thanks!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9535091

#3 looks like strawberries. Some of the others look familiar but I don't know for sure what they are.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2013
5:52 PM

Post #9535105

Without blooms it is mostly guessing at an ID, but I think #4 is a fleabane, perhaps Erigeron annuus.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2013
5:53 PM

Post #9535107

Not sure about #1 (but it does look "weedy")
#2 and #4 are different Erigeron species (common name "fleabane")
#3 is false strawberry (Potentilla indica)
#5 may be Lactuca sp (wild lettuce, bitter-tasting)

I don't think any of them are toxic but they're not what I would consider edible either.
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

May 29, 2013
3:58 PM

Post #9538686

Thank you for helping me to identify some of the plants. I guess I should get rid of all of them, except maybe for the false strawberry, which I assume, will give an edible fruit similar to strawberry.
fixpix
Oradea
Romania

May 29, 2013
11:05 PM

Post #9539072

No it will not, as long as i know.
This may be called false strawberry in common English, but in Romanian it's called "weed"... :)
I think it refers to the look and the fact that it multiplies by stolons like strawberries do, and in no time you find it growing miles away from the mother-plant. And they have deep roots, hard to get rid of.
And not... to the fruit.
Keeping it, is entirely up to you... but be warned!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

May 30, 2013
1:24 AM

Post #9539088

Agreed about the wild strawberry. Very invasive here and not used as an edible. But it has its supporters.

http://www.eattheweeds.com/potentilla-indica-mistaken-identity-2/
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 1, 2013
7:53 AM

Post #9541878

Thanks fixpix and Cville-Gardener for letting me know that it is best to get rid of it. I definitely will.

I have another question. When I grow vegetables, the leaves often get holes. It seems, it is infected with a disease or being eaten. How do I prevent that? I don't want to spray with chemicals.

atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 1, 2013
7:58 AM

Post #9541888

Here are some pictures of the holes in the leaves. What can I do to prevent that?

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plant_it
Valparaiso, IN

June 1, 2013
10:03 AM

Post #9541983

#4 looks like the fleabane I have, Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus). It is native to both the U.S. and Canada. I like their tiny white/pink flowers. Here is more info on it: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55590/
ryguy319
Owosso, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2013
11:11 AM

Post #9542061

Don't know if this would be something you would want to try but I was told that Rotenone still a chemical is a lesser of 2 evils it kills the buts by deoxydizing the insect and in turn killing it that way but it isn't as toxic as most insect killers for vegetables.
We were told this when we were on vacation up north in our state when the DNR was doing a fish count they use this in the water to kill the fish so that they could count them seems silly I know but that is what we were told. They said it deoxydizes the water and kills the fish and in turn you can use the powder on your veggie plants to kill the insects without using chemicals like seven or like chemicals. But still you would wash your vegetables of course.
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 7, 2013
10:04 PM

Post #9550630

Thanks but I don't want to use chemical.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2013
2:06 AM

Post #9550678

You might be interested in this but do take note of the caution:
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/apply-diatomaceous-earth-vegetable-gardens-45493.html
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 12, 2013
7:18 PM

Post #9556900

This is very interesting. I will see if I can get the food-grade diatomaceous earth and use the wet method. Thank you for the advice.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2013
2:20 AM

Post #9557101

I've used it dry and it does work. I hope it works for you.
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 14, 2013
3:16 AM

Post #9558450

Can I get the food-grade diatomaceous earth at Home Depot, Lowe's or a garden center?

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2013
3:39 AM

Post #9558457

Lowe's and Home Depot both, I think. At least they used to carry it.
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 16, 2013
5:18 PM

Post #9561401

Thank you. Unfortunately, neither carry it in Canada. I may have to look for it elsewhere.

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2013
5:50 PM

Post #9561445

I have found the DE at feed stores here.
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 18, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9563971

Do you mean pet food stores?

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2013
5:47 PM

Post #9564244

mmm no. feed stores like for farm animals, etc. we have them all over. I bet you could also find DE some place like Tractor Supply. do you have those there?
annerem
Northern IL, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2013
11:12 PM

Post #9564526

I think picture #1 is Showy Goldenrod.
atg
Woodbridge
Canada

June 29, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9578492

I will have to look for the feed stores for farm animals. Thanks a lot for all your help. I really appreciate that.

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