What a difference a week makes.
The photo of the window box Kookaburra spinach below is the same window box Kookaburra spinach I posted last Monday, 4/26, (click on link and scroll down to view) quite a difference in sizes!
Harvest just the outer leaves and got ¾ pound of spinach, not bad from 18 plants in a window box..
Cut spinach into about 1-inch pieces, steamed, cooled and froze for later use.
Above photo after harvest. Should have another outer leaves harvest soon.
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Lettuce also grew by leaps and bounds in one week.
Harvest just the outer leaves and got about ½ pound.
Made a simple dressing with lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper to taste. Freshest salad.
Above photo after harvest. Will be harvesting outer leaves as needed.
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Asian greens did not grow as well, they are more cold sensitive at this stage and the weather has been cool especially at night.
Got a total of ¾ pounds from the plants in the 3 boxes.
The harvested leaves were in 3 different piles but then I made a mistake and dumped them all in the sink to wash resulting in a basket of mixed up greens.
Cut leaves and stems into bite sized pieces and sauteed in a bit of ginger infused oil with roasted garlic (from freezer. Click here and scroll down to learn how I peeled, roasted and froze the garlic cloves) and salt & pepper to taste, tender and delicious.
Above photo after harvesting outer leaves.
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Conclusion from the above window boxes experiment:
§ All the above, spinach, lettuces and Asian greens, were started on 2/23/16.
§ Spinach and lettuce definitely worth starting early. Started in cell packs then transplanted to window boxes (preferred method over direct sow).
§ Asian greens not worth starting that early, requires too much TLC. Needed to be brought into the garage nightly. The young plants are sensitive to cold and may bolt prematurely if exposed to frost or a week of nighttime temperatures below 50 F. Spring planting is doable but fall planting is easier.
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One of my garden friends wanted to grow walking onion so I gave him a clump of “walkers” (plants where the bulbils fell to the ground and grew, variety unkown) and 2 varieties of the bulbils. Click here to learn more about Walking Onion.
There are more than 10 plants in that clump, which my garden friend will separate before planting (he could use some of the seedlings for cooking if he does want to plant them all), each of the bulbils will produce a plant also. The bulbils at the top will produce curly scapes and bulbils at the bottom will produce straight scapes.
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Got my peas, broccoli, kale, collard, celeriac, radicchio and leeks transplanted into the garden. Direct sowed my parsnips and Chinese long beans. I am too early with the beans but since I have lots of seeds decided to take a chance.
The container fig tree has been moved outdoors for the season and is looking really good happy to get fresh air and see the sky.
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Was at The Phantom Gardener in Rhinebeck, NY last week and saw different kinds of pea seedlings (snow peas, sugar snaps and shelling peas) for sale. First time seeing pea seedlings selling at a garden center. My starting peas indoors is not a unique idea after all.
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The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Master Gardener plant sale is May 13 & 14, there will be annuals, perennials and vegetables for sale. Click here to check out their plants lists. Among the vegetables are Ping Tung Eggplant and Purple Sweet Potatoes. Get there early for best choices.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
2714 US Route 44
Millbrook, NY 12545
Plant Sale Dates
Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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