This is a very short post.
Not sure where the week went, it came to an end and I accomplished very little.
As many of my readers know I have been experimenting with growing different crops in containers of different sizes and shapes.
Do container’s size and shape make a difference? Yes and no, depending on the crop. For leafy crops (lettuce, baby bok choy, napa, kohlrabi) a long rectangular container is better, for shrub-like crops and root crops (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, carrots) a tub-like container is better, for some crops (beets, broccoli,) either will do.
Today I am posting photos of lettuce and spinach and will do a photo post on other crops at a later date.
The photo below shows 5 Bronze Mignonette Lettuces in each of the container. All were transplanted on the same date.
All 5 Bronze Mignonette Lettuces in the window box (bottom of photo above) grew well even though they were close to each other they each still had room on the side of the box to spread.
The 4 Bronze Mignonette Lettuces at the corners of the foam ice chest (top of photo above) grew well, the one in the center did not grow as well as because it was getting boxed in by the other 4 and had no room to grow.
Not sure why the differences in the colors of the lettuce in the foam ice chest versus the ones in the window box, they should be the same.
Removed the lower leaves from each of the lettuce plant (photo below).
Got a nice basket of tender leaves (photo below), should last until I harvest again.
Fertilized the lettuce after harvesting the lower leaves. The plants will continue to grow and in a few days I will be able to harvest more lower leaves. How long will I be able to do this? Not sure but hope for a while even though the weather is getting cold.
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I find spinach do better in a long rectangular container also.
I wanted baby spinach so planted 2 rows of spinach, closely spaced, in the window box, a single row and proper spacing would yield larger plants and larger spinach leaves.
Removed the lower leaves from each of the spinach plant (photo below).
Also got a basket of baby spinach leaves (photo below), basket was not as full as the lettuce but still a good amount.
Fertilized the spinach after harvesting the lower leaves. The plants will continue to grow and in a few days I will be able to harvest more lower leaves. Again, like the lettuce I have no idea how long I will be able to do this but am hoping for a long, long while as spinach are quite hardy.
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Made a Smoked Salmon Salad with the lettuce and spinach.
There is no recipe as no recipe is required for this salad. This is what I did:
∗ Lined salad plates with lettuce and spinach (oops the spinach got buried)
∗ Arranged sliced granny smith apple (or apple of your choice), smoked salmon chunks and sliced avocado on top (yep, overdid it with the apple and avocado)
∗ Garnished with walnuts and dried cranberries
∗ Drizzled with a simple vinaigrette dressing.
I made a simple vinaigrette dressing with fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
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