I have those 5 plants in my backyard and wonder if they are weeds. What are they? Are they edible?
SOLVED: Are these weeds?
#3 looks like strawberries. Some of the others look familiar but I don't know for sure what they are.
Without blooms it is mostly guessing at an ID, but I think #4 is a fleabane, perhaps Erigeron annuus.
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.
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.
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!
Agreed about the wild strawberry. Very invasive here and not used as an edible. But it has its supporters.
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.
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.
You might be interested in this but do take note of the caution:
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.
I've used it dry and it does work. I hope it works for you.
Can I get the food-grade diatomaceous earth at Home Depot, Lowe's or a garden center?
Lowe's and Home Depot both, I think. At least they used to carry it.
Thank you. Unfortunately, neither carry it in Canada. I may have to look for it elsewhere.
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?
I will have to look for the feed stores for farm animals. Thanks a lot for all your help. I really appreciate that.