Weed identification (NSW Australia)

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    Kaibis New Member

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    I have a few unknown plants growing in my vegie patch. I would love to know what they are. If anyone can help...

    1) I think the first is Wood Sorrel? Is it useful for anything?
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    2) I found this growing in a raised bed. I let it grow just to see what it was... I still have no idea what it is. It is a plump bush with flower stems shooting out the top.
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    3) I pulled a heap of these out of my strawberry patch recently. They look unexceptional, except for the root, which is very long and straight. At first I wondered if it was a root vegetable.

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    4) Okay, I have a hunch this is a rogue zucchini, or pumpkin or melon or something.. but I found it in my strawberry bed, and it has been a few years since anything else was growing in this bed.

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    If memory serves the first is wood sorrel and it is yummy the second looks like a bean and the third is Amaranth and is a great food for people and chickens and the last may well be mallow which was the original spinach in golly old England. What do you think?
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I have never seen Wood Sorrel or Amaranth in my garden before. No idea how they got here. I do love volunteer plants though... I planted potatoes a nearly 4 years ago and still find them cropping up everywhere. I was disappointed in my first harvest (barely what I put in) but since then they have migrated all through the garden (courtesy of the chooks and using a mandala style tractor). I planted corn and pumpkin together a month or so back, and was very pleased to see that a bean plant decided to grow with them (no idea why, I didn't plant it).

    I will be very interested to see what that 4th plant turns out to be.

    I don't think the second photo is a bean plant though... well there is a bean plant in the photo, I should perhaps have untangled it before I took the photo. It is growing up through the weed. The weed now has lovely pink flowers, but I still have no idea what it is.
     

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