More Window box harvest.
Johnny’s Happy Rich (F1) broccoli is a cross between broccoli and gailan (Chinese broccoli). Looks like miniature head of broccoli but has more of a gailan flavor. The entire stalk (stem, leaves and flower) is edible.
NOTE: Peel the lower part of the stem if it appears a bit woody.
Fertilized with fish emulsion fertilizer after harvesting.
Started the seeds in cell pack indoor on 3/11, transplanted into 28-inch window box on 4/19. This was the first Happy Rich harvest. Got 1+ pound.
I prefer to cut about 7 inches of each stalk leaving 2 – 3 leaves on the remaining stalk of each plant. Nice size side shoots will appear thus extending the harvest. You could choose to harvest just the florets leaving each plant with a longer stalk. The plant will send out many more side shoots but they will be skinny.
I cut the Happy Rich stems and leaves into bite-sized pieces and stir-fried with 2 thinly sliced walking onions (not in photo), couple slices of ginger in a bit of coconut oil, salt and pepper to taste and served as a side. It was tender and tasty. A keeper, planting 2 window boxes next year.
The pea shoots are side shoots after the 5/11/15 harvest. (Click on link and scroll down.) Some went into a salad, the rest are in the fridge. There is enough for a meal and I will most likely stir-fry them in the same manner as the Happy Rich and use as a side.
I prefer to treat my freshly harvested greens simple with minimal cooking. I am sure you have noticed that freshly harvested greens cook much quicker and are tastier than store bought ones but they do take a bit longer to clean.
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This is the 4th and last of the window box spinach harvest. Putting this window box to rest until fall planting.
The window box spinach started to bolt so I pulled them all, got 8+ ounces. Look closely and you will see the flowers on the plants on the right in the above photo.
Made a spinach soup with tofu topped with a poached egg. Sorry no photo. Keep forgetting to take photos of the finished dishes before I dig in.
You see, after working in the garden and bringing in the harvest at the end of the day, I am starving, so after the meal is prepared I dive right in and thus no photo.
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Two years ago I experimented with starting my soy beans seeds in 4-inch pots and then transplant the seedlings into the garden. I was very pleased with the results, germination was good, the transplants did well and I got a head start. I also need not worry about birds and other critters feasting on my bean seeds.
Planting 3 different varieties this year – Black, Toyha and Besweet. All growing from self- saved seeds. Got the original Toyha and Besweet last year from Mary N of Mary’s Veggie Garden.
Seeds were sown in 4-inch pots, 9 seeds to a pot, on May 2, germinated on May 7. Was going away for a couple of days so took a chance and transplanted the seedlings into the garden on May 16. Sure glad they survived the 30+F nighttime temp we had Thursday night.
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Like the soy beans above, I also experimented with starting my Chinese Long Beans in 4-inch pots and also was pleased with the results.
This year I am growing 2 varieties, Green and Red Noodles. Also from self-saved seeds.
Chinese long beans are also known as yard long beans, asparagus beans and snake beans. Click here to learn more and a recipe.
Seeds were sown in 4-inch pots, 9 seeds to a pot, on May 2, germinated on May 7. Also took a chance (even though I knew it was not a good idea) and transplanted the seedlings into the garden on May 16. They did not like the 30+F nighttime temp we had Thursday night. The Red Noodles appear to be hardier and may recover but will suffer a set back I am sure, the Green variety is less hardy, quite wilted and may not recover. Fortunately I have extra seeds and direct sowed yesterday.
I did dig up 15 plants each of the Green and the Red Noodles seedlings Thursday afternoon and kept them in the garage, they looked OK. Replanted them yesterday will let you know how they fare.
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Failed to photograph harvests are: lettuces, garlic greens and walking onions all from the garden. Garden is finally (though slowly) producing.
Container grown potatoes as well as the ones in the garden are growing very well. Completed a 3rd and final hilling. Looking forward to harvesting new potatoes.
This weather is driving me nuts, the high tomorrow is going to be 90F. Hoping for rain.
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