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    Hi folks~
    ~so many of you know we moved, and it's been amazing! My home was once owned by a master gardener, and my task in life is apparantly going to be to keep up all that he has started.....

    But most importantly to me are the two raised garden beds in the backyard. I know that 5 years ago the master gardener moved. He used these beds as a "holding spot" till he figured where to put stuff. Then the house was bought and the ppl used the beds for gardening (sort of, I hear). I have one very helpful neighbor, but even she is not too usre what everything is. I have a decent amount of chard coming up, and volunteer green onion/chive things coming up EVERYWHERE.... and a bunch of other stuff.... how do I identify whats there? I've looked in my books, and tried to look online. Anyone have any great sites that have pics to identify seedlings?
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    Books seldom help. Get information from visitors. That was my method. Eventually you will gain first hand knowledge. I also visited various botanical gardens where there was name plates of the plants. This certainly helped. Now I can identify most things in my garden. After getting a clue look up the plant for pictures on the Internet, this also helps. There are really only a few plants that almost everyone grows, so the task is not too difficult. Just don't try to acquire all the information in one day. Vegetables are a little different, and eventually you will be able to identify at a glance with exposure.
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    Post some pics.
    Use it up, Wear it out,
    Make it do, Or do without. ~unknown

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    But if you try sometimes you just might find
    You get what you need ~Rolling Stones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife View Post
    Post some pics.
    Gardeners seldom post pictures. They would sooner babble. I dream about a forum with only pictures. Everyone today has a camera and refuses to use it. Gardening and photography fit like a glove to a hand, but we are still only babbling. You figure.
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    IMG_3988.jpg

    IMG_3992.jpg

    IMG_3991.jpg

    IMG_3993.jpg

    IMG_3997.jpgpost pics.... of course... lol, I've got no pride Durgan, I'm not a gardener, I'm just some chick who wants to try and grow stuff.. lol
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    IMG_3996.jpg

    IMG_3998.jpghere are a few others..... these aren't specific to the plant, but if anything in here jumps at you, let me know


    thanks

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    Oh man am so envious. Have no idea but think of it as an adventure. What great surprises you have ahead for your family and dining table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by

    here are a few others..... these aren't specific to the plant, but if anything in here jumps at you, let me know


    thanks
    Well, I can say one thing, you have fine looking soil. What plants you have are very healthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durgan View Post
    Well, I can say one thing, you have fine looking soil. What plants you have are very healthy.
    good to know.... (I;m like an eternal gardening newbie!)

    pic one is the first post is chard, that I know.
    pic two is DRIVING ME CRAZY to know what it is.
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    [QUOTE=IntlMom;

    good to know.... (I;m like an eternal gardening newbie!)

    pic one is the first post is chard, that I know.
    pic two is DRIVING ME CRAZY to know what it is.[/QUOTE]

    Maybe a nascent marijuana plant. I certainly don't recognize it.

    Three could be Wasabi.
    Four Corn.
    Six Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
    The bed is mostly greens.
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    chard
    ragweed, maybe cosmos
    ?? violets? some kind of spinach?
    ? not corn, leaves aren't long enough
    gladiolas or some kind of iris
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    not sure Chard I think
    definately a weed I have it here pull them now they get big
    not violet but I think it is a weed'

    oriental lilly too small to bloom this year it is a bult and will possibly bloom next year or the year after.'

    siberian iris likely blooms purple but may be yellow.

    do you have an extension center they can help identify. Call the local master gardener group and see is someone might come talk with you

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntlMom View Post
    IMG_3988.jpg

    IMG_3992.jpg

    IMG_3991.jpg

    IMG_3993.jpg

    IMG_3997.jpgpost pics.... of course... lol, I've got no pride Durgan, I'm not a gardener, I'm just some chick who wants to try and grow stuff.. lol
    A wild guess here..........as I don't know your area.........the bottom pic in this bunch looks like an iris............but did you say this was used for a vegetable garden??? You can always wait and see if it blooms............PLUS........I thought you guys were ahead of us and I have some iris about ready to bloom..........so I could be way off!!

    Which way was Durgan going??? Top down????? Or bottom up???

    I thought one of them looked like a tomato (maybe a volunteer tomato?).........but there is also a weed that can look similar.......of which I don't know the name to look up......

    Hey...........it is your first year............why not just let them bloom and see what they do?????? The weeds..........that you KNOW are weeds, you can pull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntlMom View Post


    good to know.... (I;m like an eternal gardening newbie!)

    pic one is the first post is chard, that I know.
    pic two is DRIVING ME CRAZY to know what it is.

    Pic two...........from the top...........in the first group of pics is the one that I thought might be a volunteer tomato.............

    Is your water, by chance, irrigation water? That can make a diff. on the weeds that get carried in...........

    Looks like you have some volunteer things in the second (coming up the page) group of plants too...........but too hard to differentiate which plant I am talking about..........one looks like it could be a root veggie.........and I was thinking beet......but maybe not........it is the one with the shiny leaf.........not THE shiniest.....that one is either some kind of lettuce or spinach.

    SNIFF TEST THEM............sometimes the plant with smell similar to what it is...........WEEDS STINK!

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    You could also probably send pictures to your local county extension office, specifically the master gardener.

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