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What is this? Just bought house and found in polytunnel

Any help to shed light on what this is would be much appreciated. Not much of a gardener and found in polytunnel at our new house. Now about 1m high.





  • Hi Michaelimage looks like something has gone to seed but good and healthyimage sooooooooo envious of poly tunnel dig over, mulch then have a go at any veg you fancy they will love it  if you don't want to seed this year there are some good choices of plugs at the GCentre good luck ,happy gardeningimageimage

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,908

    Maybe spinach. Try a bitimage

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953

    I wouldn't recommend eating some unidentified plant leaves (sorry Pansyface)!  Most likely a leafy green of some sort, but better safe than sorry.  


    Utah, USA.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,882

    Either Swiss chard or Perpetual spinach - running to seed now so pull up, put on the compost heap and sow some more image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks for the help.

    Followed pansy's advice and tried some .. now I am dying! image .... no not really. All ok, think as you said it was spinach.

    Thanks for the replies.


  • ArtyliveArtylive Posts: 33

    No idea.  Don't eat it just in case though.  Are there any cats that come into your garden?  I can't grow vegetables as one moggy tom sprays everything within shooting distance.  Garden smells like a cattery.  If so I'd steer clear of fruit and veg.  

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    For Heaven's Sake! It looks like one of the spinach family. Tear off the useful leaves and cook them up. It was after all in a polytunnel.

    Some people on this board are like the kitchen staff who wouldn't let the children eat the produce from the school garden because it hadn't come from the usual firm that supplied the kitchen.

    Or the care home staff who banned home-made birthday cakes because they hadn't come from a shop.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953

    I won't eat the desserts left in the school staff room unless I know the family that made it.  If you send your children to school with dirt crusted into their skin and unwashed oily hair (and for elementary students, that's a lot of days unwashed).. then I am going to assume your kitchen hygiene isn't of a high standard either.  So I'm not eating your cookies.  

    I can understand the home care staff, especially with older folks that could pick up something quite easily, either due to poor cooking or to someone passing on some germs in the preparation.  Maybe the cook was licking the spoon between each stir?  

    As to the school garden.. a good scrub prior to serving should be sufficient to remove the Hepatitis A from the drunk who peed on the strawberries the night before.  

    Utah, USA.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,908

    You scrub the drunk who peed on the strawberries? He was only trying to help them to growimage

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953

    Haha.. doing his civic duty, ay?  

    Utah, USA.
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