Had a tiny empty area in my garden so decided to sprinkle a few Shanghai Bok Choy seeds and a few Napa Cabbage seeds next to each other in the spot figuring if the seeds germinate I will transplant them when a suitable area in the garden becomes available.
The seeds germinated and were growing well but no available garden space.
So decided to un-retire (is there such a word?) my window boxes and transplant the Shanghai Bok Choy seedlings and Napa Cabbage seedlings into them.
I have 16 Shanghai Bok Choy seedlings in one box which is a bit much but I will be thinning and use as baby bok choy.
Napa cabbage needs lots of room to grow so I have only 3 napa cabbage seedlings in the box.
The seedlings look a bit wilted and not very cheerful but all that will change in a week or so as the oak leaf lettuce below has demonstrated.
Also transplanted 1 napa seedling into a 10-inch pot for comparison with the window box.
It will be a while before the napa seedling fill in the pot so I sowed a circle of radish seeds. (they are the pairs of tiny seedlings, need to discard one seedling from each set of 2) Radishes should reach usable stage when the napa needs the space.
Thinking: there is a lot of wasted space in the window box with the napa cabbage seedlings should sow a few radish seeds between each seedlings, will do so later today.
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Two Thursdays ago I was assigned the task of taking care of the lettuce beds at the Locust Grove Heritage Garden (LGHVG) where I am a volunteer.
While weeding and harvesting, I noticed the oak leaf lettuce seedlings needed to be thinned. The thinnings were put aside and us volunteers could take home the extras. I took 5.
The seedlings did not look that great, semi bare root and wilted, but figured if I babied them they will survive, and survived they did even the one on the left which I did not think was going to make it. Don’t they look happy and gorgeous now?
The weather for the following days will be in the high 80’s may be 90’s. The crops in the above 3 window boxes and the pot are cool weather crops so I will keep them on the east side of my house where they will receive morning sun but not the scorching afternoon sun. (The advantage of growing crops in window boxes/containers is the flexible of moving the boxes/containers to more suitable locations as required.)
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After rooting sufficient sweet potato slips for LGHVG and my garden, decided to pot up the “mother” sweet potato instead of throwing them out as I have done in previous years.
Well, the “mother” sweet potatoes put out an abundant amount of vines which I harvested.
Harvested enough sweet potato vines for a stir-fry. Click here and scroll down to learn about cooking sweet potato vines.
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Peppermint Swiss Chard continues to do well.
I did harvest 2 pitiful looking broccoli that the rabbit decided to leave for me. They were tender and delicious though.
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Midnight Ruffle Red lettuce is the only lettuce remaining in the garden. Looking forward to adding the Oak Leaf lettuce from the window box to my salad.
I combined both broccolis side shoots with some baby finger carrots and onion and made a stir-fry with sliced chicken. Instead of serving the stir-fry over rice I made wraps using the red sail lettuce leaves (did take photos but they looked awful so decided not to post).
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