I'm tickled pink! Yesterday, I was in the backyard getting salad (see previous post for a description). On the south side of the yard, I saw that I've got a healthy patch of chickweed growing now. I had a little bit of chickweed in that area about a year and a half ago, but it was spindly and skinny; this batch looks a lot more substantial (it's still a delicate plant, though). I was delighted to add it to my salad!
There's also some stinging nettle coming up in the same area. It's called "stinging" because the little hairs on the leaf and stem contain formic acid, so use gloves if you plan to pick it. This nettle is the offspring of a plant that I found growing wild at El Dorado Park earlier this year. I brought some home and just shoved it under the ground and hoped it would grow. Goody for me, it did! Nettle is not for salads, but it makes great tea. There are also recipes for cooked nettles. This a VERY nutritious herb.
Right now the mallow leaves in the yard are huge, so I had a very hefty salad for lunch. Yum yum!