Harvest Monday, February 2014 – Update of Plants Under Grow Lights + A Forced Break

Pulled up the matured lettuce and scallions I had under the grow lights and transplanted the new seedlings. These new plants I started from seeds indoor were growing surprising well under the grow lights.

Well not all. Tried 2 different varieties of arugula and neither did well. Nor did the mache.

Shanghai bok choy (06268)

Shanghai bok choy was the happiest even though overcrowded.

Leaf lettuce (06270)

Leaf lettuce looked healthy too.

Spinach (06267)

Not sure about the spinach and will never find out as I have to terminate my experiment. Also I will not be posting for a few weeks.

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The roof above my kitchen developed leaks which damaged my kitchen ceiling and walls. There will be major disruptions in the days ahead. I will not have the time nor the energy nor the frame of mind to tend to those plants so decided best to end the experiment.

Kitchen cannot be repaired until the roof is fixed and the roof cannot be repaired until the over a foot of accumulated snow and ice on it melt away. When will this be? All depends on the weather. Was warm over the weekend which melted away some of the snow but we are back in the ice box this week and more snow may be on the way as well. The good news is my roof did not cave in from the weight of the snow and ice like some buildings in the news (wonder how many did not make it into the news).

In the meantime, I am busy stocking my stand alone freezer with prepared meals, then it is removing everything from the cabinets and finding storage space for them. A good opportunity to get rid of some of the “junk” I have accumulated over the years.

All upper cabinets have to come down and some of the lower cabinets also. Not knowing the extent of the damage is stressing me out and on top of all that my fridge is sounding like it is ready to go any minute. I thought shopping for appliance would cheer me up a bit (so off to the store I went) instead the activity stressed me out more. So many choices and processing all the information about each appliance was just too overwhelming top that with worrying about making the wrong choice.

Insurance adjuster came to assess the damage but said he has to return when the roof is free of snow. I am hoping that as soon as the adjuster returns to inspect the roof and the contractor gets to work everything will go smoothly and as planned. Also hoping for dry weather when the roof job starts.

Of course after the job is completed the kitchen will need to be put back to order. Not to mention the dusting and cleaning of the entire house. This is a chore I am so not looking forward to (a chore that will need to be repeated a few times as the dust will take its own sweet time to settle over a period of time).

Wish me luck. See you in a few weeks.

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I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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30 Responses to Harvest Monday, February 2014 – Update of Plants Under Grow Lights + A Forced Break

  1. Poor thing! What a mess. I remember being in Maine and hiring people to shovel the roof. :)

    Those plants look so good but I’d be just like you – other things take priority. Good luck!

  2. Eva Taylor says:

    Oh dear Norma, I’m so very sorry to hear of your issues, these thing are indeed very stressful at the best of times; your kids are always very good about stepping up, I hope this time is no different.
    There are a lot of choices for appliances, I would suggest you make a list of what features you must have and start from there. Taking budget into consideration the selection should be more manageable for sure. Let me know if I can help. I’m excited for when your renos are completed and you can return to your kitchen with renewed energy.
    Fortunately all of our snow melted off our roof, with the exception of the flat roof over the garage, but it’s considerably less with all the rain we’ve had. I just hope my garlic survived; I can hardly wait to check on it at the cottage too.

  3. Annie says:

    Norma, sorry to hear about your kitchen leak situation…try not to worry too much…I’m sure everything will work out well. Just take a day at a time, and later, you’ll have a nice kitchen including a new refrigerator:) I’m amazed what you grow under a grow light too!

  4. daphnegould says:

    I hope things get better for you soon. Hopefully our weather will turn to spring soon so your roof can melt out. I’d be a mess with the roof leaking into my kitchen.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this news. I know that all of this snow is going to play havoc with peoples homes. I hope that the thaw comes soon so they can get everything sorted asap. On a positive note your Shanghai bok choy is looking fantastic, so healthy and delicious. Take Care, BAM

  6. Stoney Acres says:

    Norma, I’m sorry for the mess! Good luck, we will miss hearing from you for a few weeks!

  7. What a lot of upheaval you are facing, I hope its over and done and dusted quickly

  8. So sorry to hear about your roof and all that entails. I totally understand that stressed out feeling and the woe of facing the workmen and the dust. Hang in there, and hopefully no further damage will happen, the skies will warm and this will be over with before you know it. :) Your experiments are beautiful. I was thinking of them as I cleared my raised bed garden on Saturday, wishing I had some experiments of my own.

  9. Kristy says:

    Oh Norma! Good luck with the the roof/walls in the kitchen. That is not fun at all. I am so impressed by your ability to focus and prioritize in the face of a challenge. I think you’re going to get through this just fine. Your indoor plants have done very well – so impressive! Well, here’s to warm and dry weather! Hugs to you.

  10. Barbie says:

    So sorry to hear all of this. Your plants look like they were doing great, too.

  11. Michelle says:

    What a nightmare. Good luck Norma. I hope your kitchen returns better than ever.

  12. Sorry to hear about the damages… Good luck with the renovations!

  13. wok with ray says:

    Sorry about your kitchen ceiling Norma. I like how those bok choy turned up. Stay safe and I hope you’ll get the repair for your place soon.

  14. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Your plants are really healthy. Sorry to hear about the damages.

  15. Kim says:

    Oh Dear this is not good news….can you enlist some help from your dear daughter?
    I know you will be happy when this winter is over and this project is behind you.
    Just hang onto the thought of how beautiful it will be when you are done, if you can.

    Warm thoughts coming your way!

  16. Hang in there, Norma! I hope the snow eases up soon so you can get this all sorted. Sending positive thoughts your way.. xxx

  17. I’m sorry to hear of this, Norma. I hope warm weather will come your way soon. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Thanks for posting pictures of your plants under grow lights. They look very healthy and happy. XOXO

  18. Oh goodness! Hopefully the roof repair will go smoothly and you can get everything back in order ASAP! I agree with you, appliance shopping is stressful! Hang in there. Sending calming thoughts :)

  19. hotlyspiced says:

    Oh dear! I am so sorry to hear this. Unbelievable that there’s so much snow and ice that this means your repairs have to be delayed. That’s very frustrating. I hope you’re able to start the work at the earliest possible moment and that you buy the right fridge and that you will soon be settled in your restored home. Good luck! xx

  20. mac says:

    Sorry about the mess, hopefully everything works out smoothly for you.
    The bok choy looks beautiful!

  21. Norma, I feel your pain! We have suffered damage to our kitchen too from rain. I still get very stressed when it rains hard even though I know the problem has been fixed, although we still have a problem in our bedroom. We are desperately trying to find where the source of the problem is.
    Have a super day and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Your kitchen will be great once you have is sorted.
    Have a super day. :-) Mandy xo

  22. Good luck with the insurance adjuster and repairs!

  23. Sammie says:

    Sounds like a lot of work needs to be done! Good luck! And hey! Your bok choy looks so fresh!! Never seen one that fresh before!

  24. Dave says:

    Norma, sending good thoughts your way for a thaw and a speedy fix for the leak problem!

  25. Karen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the troubles all the snow has caused you. We have had to have our roof shoveled this winter. Hopefully the snows that are predicted this week won’t be too much. If there is any good news in all this, hopefully you will be covered by insurance and get a lovely new kitchen. Good luck, I will be thinking about you and look forward to when you will be able to post again.

  26. Juliana says:

    Oh Norma, I am so sorry for all t his mess…hope everything turns out okay…
    Good luck and I will be thinking of you…

  27. I’m so shocked to read this, Norma! No one wants that sort of a mess to fix and clean up! I so hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you have a new and improved kitchen and a beautiful fridge overflowing with your garden’s produce this summer!! xxx

  28. acasadisimi says:

    Hi! I’m an italian blogger! I’m a cook! I follow yours! it’s very nice!

  29. sue marquis bishop says:

    So sorry for your disrupted kitchen. Sending good wishes for better news to arrive with Spring. Sue
    Womenlivinglifeafter50.com

  30. Hi Norma! Just wanted you to know that you are missed! Hope the renovations are going well!

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