Woke up to a heavy killer frost on Wednesday morning. Went to the garden after lunch to find the tips and outer layers of the napa cabbages frozen. Surprisingly the baby bok choy, Shanghai bok choy and scallions were not frozen. Harvested all (photo below shows part of the harvest).
Left to right: Napa, Baby Bok Choy, Shanghai Bok Choy, Red Scallion & Green Scallion
The napa would spoil if I did not cook it right away so immediately after taking the above photo, I cut away the frozen tips and outer layers, cleaned and cut the remainder into bite-sized pieces. Made a soup with tofu and garnished with the red scallions. The napa was, oh, so sweet.
Made a simple stir-fry with the baby bok choy, Shanghai bok choy and green scallions. Used as a side.
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During the growing season, when I need some scallion green for garnish I just go to the garden and get a few blades, with the arrival of winter, that is not possible so I am planting the root end of the scallion indoor in container for that purpose (you can do the same with store bought scallion as long as there are some roots).
Leave about 1½ – 2 inches of the white part attached to the roots
Plant the bulbs (root ends) in potting mix and place on a sunny windowsill or other sunny indoor location. The scallion stubs will grow new green tops.
When you need scallion for cooking or garnish, harvest what is needed and leave the stubs to grow more new green tops.
Bought too much scallion? Click here for preserving idea.
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Dug in some of my carrots and all the celeriac. The biggest celeriac weighed 1½ pounds. The one in the photo below weighed about 1 pound.
Carrots & Celeriac
A few of the carrots were split, they were used immediately. The others and the celeriac were placed in a container, covered with pro-mix and stored in the unheated garage for use throughout the winter months.
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The Forellenschluss lettuce growing in container suffered only minor frost damage.
Container Forellenschluss Lettuce
(got a little frost bite)
Removed and discarded the unusable leaves. Harvested some of the usable leaves. Had enough for 2 large salads.
Forellenschluss Lettuce after tidied up & harvested
I now have a seed starting stand with grow lights that my son-in-law built for me. Have always been a windowsill seed starting gardener, with the upgrade to a stand with grow lights, got some homework to do so that I can make the most use of my new toy (will write a post about it at a later date).
Decided to place the lettuce on the stand under the grow light
How will they do under artificially lights? I read that the lights should be on for at least 12 hours daily. Is it cost effective? Subjects for a later post.
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