The choy sum in my windowboxes were not looking very happy, not growing well and the leaves had a yellow tint. Thinking they were lacking nutrients, I gave them some liquid fertilizer (they are not provided with the most ideal conditions in a windowbox), but not much improvement was detected.
Turned out they were infested with aphids. I was so focused on the cabbage worms (picking off worms daily) it never occurred to me that aphids were the issue until I saw them crawling on the stems (should have looked under the leaves when I first noticed the yellowing. Not the brightest light bulb, what can I say.)
Anyhow I harvested the usable plants and gave the remainder a thorough spraying of insecticidal soap. Will see if this spray takes care of the critters.
The plants in the bottom box are transplants from the top box. Although disturbed during transplanting, they are larger and healthier than the undisturbed plants.
Reason: the transplants were given good spacing.
Conclusion: Proper spacing of plants is very improtant.
Should have thinned out and discarded the extra plants in the top box.
Harvested some of the Shanghai bok choy. Combined with the choy sum, got a tad under 1 pound, not great for the effort, but not too bad. Washed all multiple times in salted water to make sure I got rid of all the extra potein. Made a quick stir-fry, tender and tasty.
The neighbour kids brought over 14 bags of leaves for me to recycle. While in the garden I had them pull some carrots and leeks (was surprised at the large sizes as they were planted quite late in the season). The kids never had kohlrabi before so I harvested one for them to take home and try. Also found some fingerling potatoes, another produce new to them. No photos.
Expecting Sandy’s visit in a short time. It will not be a pleasant visit. So thought I would end the post with an area of my garden that always make me smile.
Remember my frogs from a previous post? (Click here and scroll down.) I have acquired a few more and decided to create a little froggyland (oh yes, I lack a life). Enjoy!
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