On August 12 2013 I wrote about experimenting with growing pea shoots in window box and also transplanting the pea seedlings (started in cell packs) into the garden.
On September 2, 2013 I posted an update about the peas growing in the window box and of harvesting the tip of each plant.
To my delight, new shoots grew at the base of each plant.
Pea shoots in window box
In the center of the photo you can see clearly 2 new shoots at the base of the original plant
New shoots were also growing at the base of the leaves on the vines where I had cut off the tender tips.
I harvested all the new shoots from the base of the plants and from the base of the leaves
Peas plants after harvesting all the tender shoots
Left little stubs at the base
Observing to see if any and how many new shoots will appear
Pea shoots from window box
The pea seedlings transplanted into the garden did not do well in the beginning, but I fed them some fish emulsion fertilizer and bingo, they grew. The tender shoots were longer than the ones in the window box and the leaves were larger. I believe the differences are due to the growing condition.
In the window box, there is restricted space for the roots to grow and also limited nutrients due to leaching and growing medium. I need to fertilize more frequently.
In the garden, the plants’ roots have more room to roam plus there are minerals and other nutrients in the garden soil to nourish the plants.
Tender pea shoots
Left: from window box. Right: from garden
Decided to harvest the tender shoots from only ¼ of the plants in the garden (had enough for a meal) leaving the remainder to continue to grow. Depending on weather, may get some snow peas (pushing my luck).
Tender pea shoots from the garden
Stir-fried the ones from the garden in a bit of oil, garlic, couple slices of fresh ginger, salt and pepper to taste (right photo).
Though interchangeable, for salad, I like the length of the pea shoots from the window box. For cooking, I prefer the ones from the garden.
In the future, will continue to grow pea shoots both in the window box and in the garden.
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Had a get together at a friends, brought a basket of Asian pears to share. They were juicy, crunchy and sweet.
Checking the pears on the tree daily and harvest the ones that are ready.
I prefer to pick when they are the color of the pear on the right (all yellow and no green) as they are much sweeter. But if I wait until they all are that color, I will have a repeat of last year’s fiasco. Click here to see what happened.
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This week I will be spending time getting the garlic bed ready for planting, pulling up the tired plants and thinking about putting the garden to bed for the winter. Can’t believe that summer is coming to an end.
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