IMG_4826not together! but you may be able to make pesto from pigweed. i will need to research further. first batches of pesto included sunflower seed and pumpkin seed!

IMG_4838pigweed (amaranth) comes up every year in my raised beds. i have no idea where it comes from since i usually pull it before it goes to seed. I guess I don’t get it all. It gets quite tall and seems to support other plants that like to topple over like dill! Here is what I learned about it: It’s edible, a companion plant that serves as a trap for leaf miners; it shelters ground beetles which prey upon insect pests; breaks up hard soils for neighboring plants. Now I feel guilty for pulling it.