Harvest Monday, May 11, 2015 – Window Box Harvest + Container Potato Update

All the harvests in today’s post are from window boxes.

As you can see from the photo below, both the Shanghai Bok Choy and Baby Bok Choy in the window boxes are overcrowded.

Shanghai bok choy & baby bok choy (07507)

Top: Shanghai Bok Choy. Bottom: Baby Bok Choy

Thinned out both the Shanghai bok choy and the baby bok choy, the remaining plants now has room to grow and mature.

Shanghai bok choy & baby bok choy (07515)

Left: Shanghai Bok Choy. Right: Baby Bok Choy

Harvested 8+ ounces of Shanghai Bok Choy and 5+ ounces of Baby Bok Choy.

The Shanghai Bok choy were grown from seeds I saved. Because the original was a hybrid these look quite different from the original and not as tender. Need to get fresh seeds.

The baby bok choy were also from seeds I saved but because the original was not a hybrid they are just like the original. Tender with a hint of sweetness.

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lettuce (07499)

Top Forellenschluss Lettuce, Bottom: 1 Lolla Rosa Lettuce on the left & Cimmaron Lettuce on the right

Only 3 of the Lolla Rosa lettuce seeds germinated 2 did not make it.

Decided to harvest just the outer leaves of both the Cimmaron and Forellenschluss lettuces. The plants will keep growing and I will continue to just harvest the outer leaves thus extending the harvest.

snow peas (07509)

Sugar Snap Peas

The germination rate for the sugar snap peas was poor reason for all those empty spots. I cut the tender tips of each plant hoping the plants will send out many side shoots.

lettuce & pea shoots (07513)

Left Pea Shoot. Center Cimmaron Lettuce. Right Forellenschluss Lettuce

Harvested 3+ ounces of Pea shoots and 6+ ounces of lettuce.

The entire pea shoot, including the tendrils, is edible.

Made a simple but delicious salad with lettuces, pea shoots and chickpeas sprouts. The lettuces were crunchy and the pea shoots were tender with a hint of peas. Click here for step-by-step tutorial on growing chickpeas sprouts.

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spinach (07498)

Overcrowded Spinach

The spinach in the window box were thinned on 5/3/15 (click here for photos) it is overcrowded again in just 6 days.

pea shoot (07522)

Baby Spinach

Harvested 8+ ounces of Spinach. Should get another harvest in a few days.

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potato (07526)

Potato in Foam Ice Chest

Some of you may recall my post of 4/27/15 (click on link and scroll down) where I showed a photo of my frost damaged blue potatoes. The frost damaged plants not only bounced back but are doing well. They are almost caught up to the undamaged plant on the left.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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35 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 11, 2015 – Window Box Harvest + Container Potato Update

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    wow those bok choy are looking really GREAT! Are those potato leaves ediblelike sweet potato leaves?

  2. Everything you grow is always so incredibly healthy Norma. Wonderful!
    All I have planted lately has been winter flowering plants.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  3. daphnegould says:

    Lovely greens. I used to grow and love those white stemmed baby bok choy. I haven’t grown them in a few years though.

  4. REA says:

    The boy choy and spinach looks good. I’m so late with my planting. I just started some planting in the backyard yesterday. http://LivingItUpAlternatively.blogspot.com

  5. shaheen says:

    Your leafy greens are lovely. I am still in the process of digging the garden 😦 and weeding.I haven’t planted anything new.

  6. Michelle says:

    You always grow the most amazing vegetables in your window boxes. I don’t know how you do it, my container veggies always seem so pathetic.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Michelle,
      Because of the limited nutrients in a container, container grown plants require more frequent fertilizing, I fertilize with 1/2 strength fish emulsion fertilizer every week.

  7. Margaret says:

    All of your greens look amazing! For some reason, mine don’t seem to be doing that well this year. I started most of them quite late so I’m hoping that they will pick up the pace, especially now as it’s been so much warmer.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Margaret,
      Thanks, I am sure they will pick up pace with the warmer weather, been a long, long winter for sure, I am quite behind with outdoor chores.

  8. Your baby spinach looks great! I would be adding that to all my dishes!

  9. You really do get a lot from your container plantings. All those greens look amazing!

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    What a great container harvest, I bet you had some very delicious meals out of it all. As I mentioned in my email, my garlic did not make the winter and I have decided not to try again (famous last words). But my herbs were planted last week and are doing excellent. I love not having to buy herbs in the summer (my winter garden didn’t work out). I’ll just have to admit that gardening is not something I am good at so I’ll leave it to the experts, like you!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Thanks. Sorry about your garlic, I’ll give it some thoughts and see I can come up with a solution. Glad your herbs are doing well what are you growing?

      • Eva Taylor says:

        Hi Norma, I’m a basil fanatic so I have a pot filled with four types: columnar, Thai, purple and traditional. I also planted mint (mainly for mojitos and to keep the squirrels out), sage, oregano, cilantro and flat leaf parsley.

      • Norma Chang says:

        Hello Eva,
        You have quite a herb garden going there. Didn’t know mint will keep squirrels out, learned something new, thanks.

  11. I agree with Mandy, everything you grow always looks amazing. You just inspire me. And I absolutely love that spinach. Oh I can eat that all day long. Love this post Ms. Norma.

  12. Juliana says:

    OMG Norma…all the greens look so healthy and beautiful…I love your window boxes…
    Have a great week 🙂

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s a shame about the sugar snap peas but you certainly have had a great variety of greenery harvested from your window boxes. It all looks very healthy xx

  14. great gardening Norma…..

  15. mac says:

    Your window box greens look so good, I’m holding off on seed starting due to upcoming trip, my summer crops will be late starting again!

  16. Pingback: Harvest Monday, May 25, 2015 – More Window Box Harvest + Soy Beans Seedlings + Chinese Long Beans Seedlings | Garden to Wok

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