Asked April 7, 2020, 6:54 AM EDT

I found many of these under a winter tarp in my vegetable garden where tomatoes and peppers grew last season. Is it a weed or pesty grass or something else? Thank you.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

We cannot see enough detail to identify this plant (plus, it's not far enough along in growth to see leaf shape, due to the tarp). Given that it is in a vegetable garden and doesn't resemble a common root vegetable (especially if you only grew peppers and tomato), then it is probably a weed and can be removed. It might be Pokeweed, a common native perennial with a major root system, but it is too early to tell for sure. Pokeweed would generally not be safe to consume and should be disposed of.