Last Friday’s, 12/7/12 post (click here to view post), I promised an update to my broccoli growing in windowbox.
I am also posting an update on the napa cabbages and Shanghai bok choy I was growing in windowboxes.
Some of you may recall my 9/3/12 post (click here and scroll down), in which I mentioned growing napa cabbages and broccoli in windowboxes. Both napa and broccoli got off to a great start, but due to overcrowding and issues with cabbage worms, the results were not at all fruitful.
The napa cabgage not only suffered from repeated attacks by cabbage worms but also neglect on my part as you can see from the above photo. I pulled up and discarded all the plants.
The broccoli plants did not fare any better. Brought in the edible parts and added them to the stir-fry I posted on Friday, 12/7/12. Pulled up and discarded the remaining plant parts.
The Shanghai bok choy I sowed on 9/7/12 and mentioned in my 9/17/12 post (click here and scroll down) did better. I got a couple meals. The remaining plants have not grown much and have been at this size for a while, see the 2 boxes in above photo. Guess they have gone dormant due to the shorter days, cold weather and lack of sunlight. Decided to harvest all. So long, until next year. Added these babies to a soup dish, was tender and sweet (a pain to wash though).
Now all that are left growing in windowboxes are lettuces and carrots. Not sure what I want to do with them. Will make a decision this week and post an update next Monday.
Conclusion to this experiment:
Windowboxes, measuring 29 x 8 x 8, are not suitable for broccoli and napa cabbage. There was insufficient room for the roots to grow (overcrowding did not help either) and the box was too small to provide sufficient nutrients. Will not repeat.
Both crops would probably do well in much larger container where the roots will have more room to grow. I do have a few large containers so may give that a try next year.
Windowbox is suitable for growing Shanghai bok choy and other fast growing greens. I will do so again next year but start the seeds a few weeks earlier, around mid-August. May also try a spring planting.
More frequent fertilizing is needed to supply plants with needed nutrients. I am thinking ¼ strength, 3 – 4 times a week.
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HELP!!!!! For some reason, I am unable to upload full-size photos (stuck in “medium” even when I click “full size”) for this post. I am following the same steps I used for my last Friday’s post but it is not working.
Does anyone know if it is me or if it is changes made by WordPress? If it is me, what am I doing wrong?
Sure glad this problem did not surface when I was writing my 3 Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade posts.
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