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Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Pat Mcaffee, Apr 1, 2018.
I found this plant growing in my Egyptian onion patch and I was wondering what it is? Rhubarb?
definitely not rhubarb. Wild sorrel...or a weed.....
I believe it is dock weed. If so, it has a very very long tap root. Get rid of it before it grows bigger or sets seed.
Isn’t dock the same thing as Sorrel and of so a useful herb?
I think Dock is in the same family. I am not familiar with the different species. I have a foraging book, and know that Dock is among the edibles, but do not know when to harvest or the specifics of how to prep it. Never take the word for someone on the net, (particularly me!) about whether a certain wild plant is edible or not! For myself, I'd cautiously try it after doing the research, but would not lead someone else down that path.
It looks like a dock to me which are weeds and believe me I should know because I have loads of them and I'm pretty sure if they were "pleasantly" edible I would have made use of them by now. Horses will not eat them and usually the chickens won't either, which tells me that they are probably not tasty.
This site has been more than helpful in helping me identify the weeds in my yard, and whether or not they are toxic (at least to humans).
I've got half a yard of curly dock & the chickens are loving it. No more in their flight cage. I cut it & toss it in. They fill up on it during their walks.
See if the chickens are interested. Mine are.
Mine love it too! I have a plant that comes up every year in the same place, yup, the root goes to China and I cannot get rid of it. So... the chickens get it.