Garden harvest is slowing down but garden work is not.
There is fall cleaning which I started but haven’t gotten much accomplished. Hoping to get most, if not all, completed before it gets too cold and/or the ground is frozen. Also need to get garlic planted in October.
My 3 window boxes of spinach which I started on August 20 are doing exceptional well. Below is one of the boxes.
Spinach (Space Hybrid) in Window Box
As you can see from the above photo there is serious overcrowding issue. Meant to thin many days ago and use the thinnings as baby spinach in my salads but never got around to doing so until Thursday.
Window box spinach harvest
Weighed ½ pound
Good harvest from just one 29″ L x 8″ W x 7″ H window box
Was going to make a spinach and tofu soup but the days flew by. Spinach still sitting in the fridge. This week is going to be another busy one and with other greens from the garden to deal with, will most likely sauté all the spinach briefly in a little broth and freeze for winter use.
Spinach Plants After Thinning
The above spinach plants are looking leggy due to overcrowding but were looking better yesterday since (after thinning) they now have room to grow and are receiving adequate sunlight and was also given a good soaking of fish emulsion fertilizer immediately after thinning.
From now on I will be harvesting just the outer leaves as needed leaving the remaining plants to continue to grow, how long will this continue? Don’t know the answer yet.
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It is only September but my chicories (radicchio) are bolting, why? This is the first time I am having this problem. Anyone with an answer for me?????
The bolted chicory in the middle caught me by surprise as I did not expect to see that sight. Quickly harvested it and checked the others. The one on the left was small but showing sign of bolting (notice the protrusion on the top it should be flat like the one on the right) so that one too was harvested. The one on the right had formed a solid head. Not taking any chance to having it bolt, decided to harvest that one also. Still have a few more plants in the garden, they have not yet formed solid head but am checking daily for any sign of bolting.
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Some of you may remember the ramp given to me in May by my garden friend Nancy in exchange for garlic chives (yes, I got the better deal).
I planted the ones with roots and am happy to report that they all grew, flowered and formed seeds.
From what I read it will be 2 – 3 years before the ramps I planted from the (trans)plants/bulbs reach harvestable size bulbs and I should harvest only 15% of the largest bulbs. (It will take 5 – 7 years from seeds to harvest.)
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The above critter and its relatives are responsible for many of the damage to my bok choy, napa cabbage, strawberries, etc.
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Other harvests, as needed, for the week are: leeks, carrots, chard, tomatoes and amaranth plus a few strawberries daily.
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