Mother Nature sure messed up my week.
All the accumulated snow from the winter storms finally disappeared and I was waiting for the garden beds to dry out a bit before working the soil, figured around Thursday/Friday. But mother nature had other plans. She sent winter storm Saturn to visit on Thursday and he stayed until Friday leaving behind around 6 inches of snow (should not complain as we got away lightly, my daughter got about 16 inches, others over 24 inches).
Rather than getting my nose bent out of joint, decided to experiment with growing pea shoots in windowbox. (Read that it can be done and bought a few packs of organic snap pea seeds some time ago.)
Sowed 4 rows of peas, 1 inch apart in a 30″ x 8″ windowbox,
covered with about ¼” of potting mix and watered well.
Not sure if I spaced the peas correctly, will find out once they germinate and grow. If too thick, I will thin. When the plants are about 7 inches tall, I will harvest about 3 – 4 inches of the top to encourage branching. Will continue to harvest every few weeks until the shoots are no longer tender (starting to get a bit chewy).
NOTE: I harvest my pea shoots for stir-frying, if harvesting for salad, the tip (2-3 set of leaves) including the tendrils, flowers and tiny pea pods are best.
I will document and photograph my peas progress and post details at a later date.
The last of the thicker ginger rhizome (started on 1/13) broke through the potting mix on 3/1/13
so did one of the thinner ginger rhizome.
The new shoot from the thicker rhizome is all light green (above photo left), the tip of the thinner rhizozme is reddish (above photo right).
Scallion green from windowsill
I did manage a very small harvest, scallion greens from my windowsill. Cut into about 1 inch length (got 1 cup loosely pack) all went into a dish I will be posting on Friday.
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