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I have been unsuccessfully trying "regular gardening" on my shady lot for a number of years. I should not really say unsuccessful because I do get a bit of a yield. However, I am very, very interested in consuming more wild greens and I was thinking they might grow better and give me better yield than my pitiful broccoli plants. I also recently acquired another, more sunny spot that I am going to try full sun gardening in this year or next.<br><br>
I spent last fall adding lots of organic materials to my beds so they should be in good shape. Now I want to order seeds! I am thinking plantain, dandelion, chickweed, violet, purslane, red clover. I will consider nettles at another time because I don't want my kids to get into (youngest is just 3) and I don't have an out of the way space. Things like lettuce, lemon balm, chives do okay in my garden -- just not the real long season stuff. Any suggestions? I will probably also plant lettuce and maybe some pac choy and use the sunniest spots for some tomatoes and maybe even peppers (although mine usually only get to be about 2 inches long).<br><br>
It seems to radical to be planting these "weeds"!
 

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here are some links that might help for ideas!<br><br><a href="http://www.journeytoforever.org/farm_library/weeds/Weeds10.html" target="_blank">http://www.journeytoforever.org/farm...s/Weeds10.html</a><br><a href="http://www.foraging.com" target="_blank">www.foraging.com</a>
 

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Siberian Lettuce and Miners Lettuce. We eat a lot of Siberian Lettuce as it groes like a weed around here. We also grow nasturtiums and calendula for our salads and they both like sun but they are great in a pot or box somewhere sunny.
 

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also lambsquarters & sorrel are yummy! I forgot about nasturiums! I think the best thing to do is figure out what grows wild where you live.
 

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burdock and yellow dock make good spring greens too. Burdock can get to be very large but you have the added bonus of an edible root. Burdock root is really good for you in soups or stir frys.
 

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Thanks, folks. I decided to plant purslane, mountain spinach, claytonia, orach, chickweed, plantain, amaranth, lambs lettuce. I am also going to plant some burdock for the root, because I really enjoy using the dried root in infusions and am eager to try the fresh. In the fall I planted some ramps. I will also get some seeds for sweet violet and red clover.
 
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