Had a few first this past week.
Red Noodles Long Beans, Tohya Soybeans, Red Burgundy Okra & Ping Tung Eggplant
Red Noodle Long Beans made an appearance, the green Chinese Long Beans should be following this week.
Tohya Soybeans pods were full and plump, ready for harvest. Cut all the plants at soil level leaving the roots with the Rhizobia attached to enrich the soil. Pulled all the pods off the stems. Boiled the pods in salted water for 5 minutes, cooled, shelled and froze for winter use.
Got a few Red Burgundy okras, finally, hoping for more. Plants are flowering so should have a decent harvest.
The Ping Tung Eggplant is growing in a large container. Plant is doing well, I see flowers and a few baby eggplants.
Also harvest lots of Peppermint Swiss Chard, tomatoes, walking onions (I will be writing a separate walking onion post at a later date, stay tuned), amaranth, sweet potato vines and carrots. Did not take photos as they would look like previous photos.
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The heat wave for the past 2 weeks caused all 3 of the Oak Leaf Lettuces in the window box to bolt but the 3 Forellenschluss Lettuces are holding up just fine.
Forellenschluss Lettuce & Oak Leaf Lettuce
Look closely in the center of the oak leaf lettuce in the photo below and you can see the flower stalk is starting to form.
Bolting Oak Leaf Lettuce
Pulled all 3 Oak Leaf Lettuces but harvest only the outer leaves of the Forellenschluss.
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Also bolted were the China Express Daikon that were in a very large container. You can see the flower stalk in the photo below.
Bolting China Express Daikon
Pulled all the daikon. Cut the tender leaves into bite-sized length and stir-fried in a little oil, garlic, onion and ginger. S&P to taste, very good.
Peeled the small daikons and braised them with the Ping Tung eggplants, okras, carrots and onion in some chicken broth. A strange combo but pretty good, made a delicious side, who knew?
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The Shanghai Bok Choy I transplanted into the window box (photo below) in July are getting overcrowded.
Shanghai Bok Choy
Instead of pulling up every other plant decided to harvest the out leaves of each allowing the plants to continue to grow. Will continue to harvest the outer leaves until plants show sign of bolting. Will pull the whole plant then. Forgot to weigh but I am guessing about 1½ pounds.
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Remember the Forellenschluss Lettuce I mentioned in my July 27 post? Look at them now, so lovely and happy.
Plan to harvest just the outer leaves sometime this week. Plants will continue to grow. Like the Shanghai bok Choy, I will continue to harvest the outer leaves until plants show sign of bolting and will pull the whole plant then.
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The tri-colored amaranth looked so pretty I hesitated to harvest, but harvest I must before they go to seed.
Cut each stem about 3 inches above soil level, side shoots will appear for future harvests.
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The napa in the photo below are the ones mentioned in my July 13 post. At the time I was thinking of putting 4 plants in the window box glad I went with 3. The 2 on each end were growing by leaps and bounds crowding out the one in the middle. Decided to loosely tie them to allow the middle one to get some space and sun.
When the middle napa gets a little bigger I may loosely tie it as well.
Loosely tied Napa Cabbage
Will loosely tying the napa help or hurt, don’t know but will learn soon. Right now they are neater and I like the look.
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My neighbor’s woodchuck crossed property line and is feasting in my garden. I believe it is the same one I saw in my garden few weeks ago. Should have hit it over the head when I had it cornered, instead I opened the garden gate and released it. Mistake. But what would I do with a dead woodchuck?
It started with the broccoli
Critter damaged Broccoli
Not much broccoli left to feast on.
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Soybeans were the next target.
Damaged Soybeans Plants
Not only was the critter eating the soybean leaves it was also feasting on the soybeans.
Can you believe the woodchuck actually shelled the soybeans? Ate the beans and left the shells.
The soybeans in the photo below are immature and needed more time for the pods to get full and plump.
Immature Soy Beans needed more time for pods to get full and plump.
Even though the Besweet 2001 and the Black Soy Beans were not ready I decided to cut all the plants, at soil level, and pulled the pods of the stems. Got about 4 pounds of mostly immature pods.
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After I pulled all the soybean plants the critter moved on to feast on the parsnips. I apparently have a gourmet woodchuck.
Woodchuck Damaged Parsnips
The whole row of parsnips have lost half their leaves. Hope this will not affect their roots development.
Found the hole that the woodchuck was using to enter the garden and plugged it. Will see if this deters the critter.
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Around mid-June I had sown some Lutz Beets seeds in a little empty patch in the garden and 3 different varieties of Swiss Chard seeds in another empty patch. All germinated, grew into beautiful seedlings and ready to be transplanted to the garlic patch.
Transplanted the Lutz Beets seedlings to the area where I pulled the Duganski Garlic.
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Swiss Chard – Top row: Fordhook Giant. Middle row: Golden. Bottom row: Ruby Red Rhubarb
Transplanted the Swiss Chard seedlings to the area where I pulled the German White Garlic. They are planted closer than the spring planting. The days will be getting shorter and pretty soon the weather will be getting cooler the plants will not be growing as fast and as vigorous as the spring planted ones.
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Had started Radicchio and Napa Cabbage early July in cell packs then bumped them up to 3-inch pots. All were ready for transplanting into the garden after I pulled the soybeans.
Top row: Palla Rossa Mavrik Radicchio. Bottom row: Napa Cabbage.
Planted 1 row of 10 Palla Rossa Mavrik radicchio and 1 row of 10 Napa Cabbage.
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Chinese Parsley (aka Cilantro) Flowers
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