The lettuce I transplanted into window boxes on September 17, are growing nicely but the forellenschluss lettuce (top box) and the lettuce cimmaron (middle box) are overcrowded.
Instead of pulling out the entire plant, I cut each at the soil level (if you look real closely in the middle box, you can see the round stumps). Doing so, I accomplished 2 things.
1. The remaining plants now have room to grow.
2. The stumps will grow side shoots.
At a later date, I will harvest the remaining plants and give the side shoots room to grow, thus extending my harvest. The oak leaf lettuces were planted at good distances, so I will harvest the outer leaves as needed and leave the remainder of the plant to continue to grow, again extending the harvest.
Harvested a large bunch (enough for one meal) of red amaranth, all volunteers. Doing very well with volunteers this year. Maybe I should not plant anything next year and just rely on volunteers.
Found a few red onions, they are small but usable.
Other miscellaneous harvest included 4 angled luffa, 5 bittermelon, a bunch of collard and kale and some volunteer cilantro. Most were given to friends so no photos.
You may recall my writing about my garden friend, Durga, and her container grown Ping Tung eggplants on 8/31. Click here and scroll down.
The photo above and the photo at left were taken on October 2, 2012.
She is definitely growing them again, among her exotic container plants, next year.
Both Durga and I fertilize our container plants every other week.
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