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Would that all weeds were edible and as tasty as purslane! Some are, some are poisonous. I included common local weeds in Golden Gate Gardening, along with tips for both control and use, including which are edible. Tonight we had a mixture of chard and magentaspreen, steamed, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with lemon juice. Magentaspreen is a domestic version of wild goosefoot (Chenopodium sp.). It's a relative of spinach that is much easier to grow, and once you have it in your garden, it becomes a friendly "weed."


I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. It really is amazing how we divide plants into desirable and undesirable categories. Maybe if we ate more so-called weeds, they wouldn't bother us nearly so much!

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Golden Gate Gardening

The new, updated and expanded third edition of Golden Gate Gardening has more of the information you'll depend on about California microclimates, soils, container gardening, vegetable varieties, herbs, edible flowers, cutting flowers, fruits, managing pests and weeds. Now includes 4 planting calendars, 2 for cool summer microclimates, plus 2 for more inland microclimates. More recipes and tips for learning to harvest and eat from a garden too.

Jan 6, 2010

Wildly Successful Plants

These common and easy to grow California garden plants are being reclaimed by current garden designers for their beauty and sturdiness. Learn how to grow them well, care for them throughout the year, and use them in your garden for reliable, drought-tolerant, year-round color.

Mar 31, 2006

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