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Invasive herb w/ tiny white flowers

From the straggly growth pattern, tiny star-shaped white flowers and opposite, oval leaves, this is Common Chickweed (Stellaria media). Left to grow, it can eventually form a dense mat. It sprouts in ...
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Is the plant "Hens and chickens" edible?

There are many species of Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks), and each may have a different edibility status. However, Sempervivum tectorum is edible. That appears to be the same kind you have, but I don't ...
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Why do people say perennial food crops only produce for a few years?

Nothing lasts forever.The term perennial simply means a plant that will last for more than 2 years. That can mean 3 years that can mean 50 years or more. As the plants age they can lose their ability ...
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Is if safe to use this insecticide (d-Allethrin, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide) on my edible herbs?

It's extremely helpful that you included the actual ingredient list in your question, rather than a brandname - thank you! So you know, I grow anything that I eat organically and this question is one ...
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Can anyone identify this tree with green berries?

It's a wild grape vine, muscadine or something similar. https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=654
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Is it safe to eat veggies grown in soil that has soured?

Yes, your peppers will be safe to eat. the only chance of contamination is if soil from your planter splashes onto the fruit, but they can be washed, and soured soil isn't much higher in human ...
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Can you eat lettuce that your dog pees on

Urine from healthy dogs (and humans) is sterile on leaving the body. It can, however, encourage the growth of existing bacteria: so these you would have been exposed to anyway. Faeces are not sterile ...
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Is Tradescantia zebrina (inchplant, wandering jew) an edible “crop” plant?

Agua de Matali with Mint and Lime Adapted from Chef Christian Bravo, Restaurante Punta del Mar, Merida, Yucatan Matali is the Mexican name for Tradescantia zebrina (striped) or Tradescantia ...
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What is this plant with small red fruits?

This one isn't deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) but woody nightshade, (Solanum dulcamara); as such, its berries are toxic and therefore inedible. It tends to appear on its own, so look out for ...
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What should I do to papaya seeds prior to planting?

The removal of the membrane around papaya seeds (the sarcotesta) will slightly increase germination rate and slightly decrease germination time. Typically, sarcotestas exist so some of the many seeds ...
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The correct way to prune a rosemary

I would add some fertilizer. Not much, rosemary is a plant of poor and dry soils. On the other hand, if it is a lot woody, probably it has eat most of nutrient in the soil. I would also check if ...
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Are large arugula roots edible?

Yes, it's edible regardless of its size. I'd imagine however that just like the leaves, the roots get probably more bitter as they age. With that being said, the biggest reason why its roots aren't ...
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What edible, winter-hardy plants would grow well on my northern patio?

I would challenge some of your assumptions. I think some annual plants are good. You can buy some of them for few francs on every "grocery" shop e.g. basil, rosemary, or also tomatoes, etc. Then you ...
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Will rubbing alcohol make my basil inedible?

Isopropyl alcohol acts as a desiccant and melts the wax that is some insects bodies. It also evaporates so very little remains. It is not absorbed by the plant and washing with water after you ...
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Edible, indoor, winter plants. What lights? (and other advice)

A lot of light is required for plants to produce food. You will find lights at aquarium web sites . I think it would require a few to several hundred dollars for lights for a 10 square foot shelf.
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Shrub Identification, Edible or not?

This plant is, as Jurp says, a Fuchsia, but its actually Fuchsia boliviana. The fruits are edible, but as already said, are not usually very tasty so may be made into a jam or jelly, though they can ...
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Shrub Identification, Edible or not?

The plant is a fuchsia, possibly Fuchsia magellanica: http://www.perennials.com/plants/fuchsia-magellanica.html or Fuchsia triphylla: https://plantsam.com/fuchsia-triphylla/. Looks more like triphylla ...
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Is Tradescantia zebrina (inchplant, wandering jew) an edible “crop” plant?

There is conflicting information on the web regarding the edibility of this plant (for humans), and most of it doesn't seem to be from any major reputable scientific source. It is not listed in any of ...
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Question about grape vines and keeping stray animals away

Yes, the grapes will be edible, but to keep cats off in the meantime, insert 'pea' sticks quite closely together to make a kind of obstacle course - pea sticks are quite thin, usually green and around ...
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What edible, winter-hardy plants would grow well on my northern patio?

If it's not too wet in your area, I highly recommend growing cacti. There are many kinds that could easily survive the cold in your winters. Cacti are great for containers (especially since containers ...
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What edible, winter-hardy plants would grow well on my northern patio?

I'm pretty sure these will survive in your climate, I know these types to be very hardy, as they all grow even in Russia ;) just get bigger pots for them - Raspberries, blueberried honeysuckle (...
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Are there maintenence free edible plants for sandy iron rich soil in harsh climate?

Lingonberry, blueberry, and cranberry come to mind. ;^) Checkerberry (wintergreen) too. Give them more light (cut down enough spruce/fir to make some sun on the spot) and fruiting should improve. Or ...
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How to prevent basil leaves from becoming black

The images of the individual leaves above are not at a high enough resolution for me to detect the presence of spores or fuzz from Basil Downy Mildew, and whether it could be that or not is dependent, ...
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Why do people say perennial food crops only produce for a few years?

It's called evolution. Different plants have different strategies to help replicate their genome across the planet. Annuals, or bi-annuals have found it best to flower in the first or second year. ...
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Edible plants for very shady indoor location

Sheep sorrel. My yard is a small lot shaded by some trees and other buildings and this grows fine in mostly shady areas. But most food plants need some sun during the day. It has a tart lemony flavor ...
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Can someone help me identify this type of fennel / aniseed?

I went out with a friend on Friday and harvested the seed pods from that plant to make anisette. We went near the mouth of Topanga Canyon up the coast from LA. The seed heads have a licorice taste. ...
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Is Tradescantia zebrina (inchplant, wandering jew) an edible “crop” plant?

I learned that this plant is edible, when traveling in Uruguay in February 2016. Upon returning home we here at Earthship Biotecture have been eating it in salads all the time, as we have it growing ...
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Do toxic mushrooms that grow near a plant affect its edible / poisonous traits?

You can avoid eating any leaves you think might have been sitting against the mushrooms, otherwise they should be perfectly safe to consume after washing, its the mushrooms themselves you shouldn't ...
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What mushrooms should I look into for growing in garden aisles?

The two common mushrooms that can grown outside, or in greenhouses, are Pleurotus ostreatus and Agaricus bisporus. The former is a primary decomposer that would be grown on straw, and the latter is a ...
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