There is one tiny corner of my garden, behind an overprotective rosebush, where the weeds have established their stronghold. Grass, mint, lamb’s ear, and other invasives are so thick and inaccessible back there that I am mostly just striving for containment. But one weed escaped into my radish patch. I let it grow a bit, on the off chance that it was some kind of edible weed. Finally, I asked for help identifying the plant from Juan, the resident expert in our end of the community garden. Juan immediately identified the offender. While it is indeed edible, it’s definitely invasive and not my favorite thing to eat anyway, so I dug down deep to pull it out its long, sinewy root:
Any guesses about what this is? Think of your answer and then click below the jump to find out if you were right.
If you guessed horseradish, give yourself a gold star! I got this one out while it was still small, but apparently horseradish will fatten up and become impossible to remove very quickly. There are more of them back in the weed corner, and they’re bigger than this one. So I need be especially vigilant to make sure they don’t send up new shoots into my beds.
Did you guess correctly?