Lamb’s Quarter Harvest

When I first sowed the garden, I populated the back stretch with as much spinach as I could manage.  I tended and weeded, and i’m proud to say that stretch is replete with vibrant greens.

There’s even some spinach back there.

Alright, I’m exaggerating, but I can honestly say that the wild lamb’s quarter is giving the spinach a run for the money.  Somewhere in the weeding process, I noticed a certain recurring plant.  A blue-green, its leaves were shaped like serrated pizza slices.  Though I didn’t know what it was, it wasn’t on my Known Enemies List*, so I kept from weeding it on a hunch.

As hunches go, this was a good one.  I’ve been harvesting the lamb’s quarter alongside spinach and wood sorrel for a couple of weeks now.  What really struck me – besides the neutral, green taste – is that whatever insects or blight was going after the spinach left the lamb’s quarter well enough alone.  When picking salads, I’ve been very selective with the spinach, avoiding the most ruined-looking leaves.  I haven’t needed that care while picking lamb’s quarters.

What does it mean!??? According to online weed guides, the abundance of lamb’s quarters indicates highly fertile soil.  Woo hoo!

In other garden news, we got the horrible poison ivy-covered tree of the front yard.  This decreases the amount of poison ivy in the yard by maybe half, though I’m still mutilating every seedling I can find.  Also, the heirloom tomatoes are finally starting to bloom! I’m looking forward to some black krims in the coming months.

*this list includes poison ivy, sumac, most vines, and That Weird Fuzzy-Stemmed Plant That Pops Up Everywhere.

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