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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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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 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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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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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 these mushrooms dangerous to my scallions?

In short, no, they are not dangerous to your scallions. The mushrooms appear to be one of the parasol type, likely Leucopcoprinus bimbaumii (link below). Its a saphrophytic mushroom, meaning it lives ...
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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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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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Can someone help me identify this type of fennel / aniseed?

I checked out the pictures, but frankly, they're not much use - they're blurry and only show the flowering tops of the plant. What we need to see are the leaves/stems/foliage, and a clear, focused ...
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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?

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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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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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 is a good aggressive groundcover for high elevation mountain west?

Warning: Some of these solutions may actually be or become problems, due to the invasive nature of most of my suggestions. I'm just assuming you might prefer some of them to garlic mustard. Use my ...
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What is the name of this plant, is it edible, and how can I care for it?

I did some research with the phrase "Cuban Cumin" you gave in your post: Have you checked Plectranthus amboinicus"Cuban Oregano" / "Spanish Thyme" / "Indian Borage"? Your plant looks quite similar ...
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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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Edible plants for very shady indoor location

That is going to be very difficult. A few tough herbs might work - mint and thyme come to mind. Have you thought of a small hydroponic system?
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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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What are some deer resistant edible plants?

Garlic has done OK outside the fence, as have chives. Neighboring garden had apparent success with potatoes outside the fence (makes sense, the plant is poisonous.) Raspberries (and other bramble ...
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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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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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Can anyone identify this plant, possibly a salad leaf?

This looks quite a bit like Persian Cress. (Lepidium Sativum) I have a Jhonnys seed catalog and its pretty much the only green that looks like that leaf type, pretty distinctive serrated edge and oval ...
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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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