Could anyone ID this fruit/veg plant please?

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Could anyone ID this fruit/veg plant please?

Postby Calv » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:17 pm

Just been tidying my beds up and i've come across this....

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Not sure what it is, now i do know i had some strawberries growing in a hanging basket last year above where this plant is, but wasn't sure if it was a loose bit of plant that has falen and regrown? Any ideas?

This one is nice, although i have a feeling it's a weed as it's spread over a few feet of disturbed earth that i'm going to put a shed on....any ideas about this one too? Was wondering if i could dig some up and contain it or maybe add it to a basket?

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Thanks in advance.

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Re: Could anyone ID this fruit/veg plant please?

Postby sheilagh » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:54 pm

Hi Calv, The top one looks as though it might be from the parsnip family and the bottom one possibly a weed - chick weed.

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Postby kenspeckle » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:27 pm

Is the main stem on the top one quite tough and going woody at the base? It looks a bit like elder saplings. If they are you probably want to dig them out now! :lol:
Don't recognise the other one, sorry.

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Postby RachelB » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:35 pm

I think it looks like elder which is a so and so to remove - you have to be right mean with it hack and dig out as much as possible. Flame thrower ....og on second thoughts its Calv init.....hack and dig hack and dig
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Postby sheilagh » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:57 pm

I thought it also looked as though it might be ground elder too in which case you might also need a systemic weedkiller. It is notoriously difficult to get every bit out just by digging - if you break the tiniest bit off it just grows again. :anger:

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Postby Kath » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:21 pm

Here is a picture of elder saplings and how to get rid of them.

http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.u ... edling.htm

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Postby annmarie » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:08 am

Ground elder is, apparently, not native to these isles ..... WHO introduced it, I wonder???

The top one looks very like a raspberry leaf, and a raspberry leaf in my garden doesn't mean raspberries, it means ground elder. :anger:
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Postby kenspeckle » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:42 am

I don't think it looks like ground elder - the leaf formation is different. If it is an elder sapling the leaves will have a strong unpleasant smell when you crush them.

Here is some ground elder -
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Postby annmarie » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:21 pm

That's a cluster, Calv's is two by two; Elder?

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Re: Could anyone ID this fruit/veg plant please?

Postby kenspeckle » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:31 pm

Yes, ground elder is more of a cluster, elder trees have the same leaf arrangement as Calv's pic.

Wouldn't wish ground elder on anyone unless its growing wild and they want to pick and eat it! Never tried it, but apparently it makes good soup or you can have it buttered and eat as a veg like spinach. Now that's sweet revenge :lol:

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Postby annmarie » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:51 pm

I think I'll pass on the soup and leave that to Baxters .....
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Postby sheilagh » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:03 pm

Look what you have started Calv :o

Where are you? You haven't been got at like in The Day of the Triffids have you :o :cry:

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Postby Carolyn » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:39 pm

It does look like bog standard elder, if you have a wilder part of the garden you can move it to there and keep chopping it back, it will give you elder flowers and elder berries.

CLARE - when was that photo taken? :great:

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Re: Could anyone ID this fruit/veg plant please?

Postby kenspeckle » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:45 pm

Haha! Thought you meant the picture of the leaves :lol:

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Postby Calv » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:04 pm

Thanks everyone...isn't it elder that has arsenic in it? :-?

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