Harvest Monday, June 6, 2016 – Container Garden Update

Have not been taking garden photos plus I keep underestimating how much time I need to complete my tasks reason for my absence.

Still no garden photos but have a few container garden photos so am posting a short updated post of some of my containers.

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First kohlrabi harvest from container, did not grow any in the garden this year.

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Purple Kolibri Kohlrabi

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Purple Kolibri Kohlrabi

The Kolibri on the left weighed 8 ounces, the one on the right weighed 7 ounces. They are both in the fridge for now.

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Container beets are doing well.

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Early Wonder Beets

First time growing early wonder beets, they are very healthy looking.

Wondering: What if I harvest some of the outer beet leaves while they are tender, will doing so affect the size of the beet root?

In a week or 2 when the plants grow a bit larger I will harvest some of the leaves from one side (½) of the container leaving the other side untouched for comparison.

Beet greens are delicious, use like spinach in soup or sauté in garlic and ginger infused oil.

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Win Win Choy growing well but leaves are holey as I do not spray (bugs love them).

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Win Win Choy

Removed the outer leaves from each plant.

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Win Win Choy

Cut leaves into bite-sized pieces and made a simple but delicious bok choy soup with tofu  flavored with a dash of Asian sesame oil.

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Win Win Choy after removing outer leaves

Win Win Choy will continue to grow and in a week or 2 I should be harvesting more outer leaves.

Hoping to post garden photos next week.

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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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46 Responses to Harvest Monday, June 6, 2016 – Container Garden Update

  1. That soup sounds delicious! Do you have a recipe?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mrs Simple Life,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.
      No I do not have a recipe but this what I did: Cut Bok Choy into bite-sized pieces, add to chicken broth and cooked to near desired doneness. Add cubed tofu bring to a boil. Season with a bit of Asian sesame oil, soy sauce and ground black/white pepper to taste. Enjoy

  2. Phuong says:

    Wow, your kohlrabi is massive and the choy looks so good. I’ve always had trouble with beets sizing up, maybe it’s too hot when I try to grow them or I don’t thin them enough, but yours look amazing already.

  3. Early this morning I was wondering whether you are going to update your garden harvest…and here you are…with those gorgeous looking purple kohlrabi!! Yah!

  4. Beautiful kohlrabi and choy Norma! Seeing those beets makes me think I need to sow some beets seeds myself in a container. I was going to wait until fall and sow in the garden but I can do it in a planter box now!

  5. Michelle says:

    The color of the kohlrabi is wonderful! I know what you mean about tasks taking longer than it seems they should, I am so behind on my summer planting.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Michelle,
      I first planted purple Kolibri for its color few years ago and loved the taste and texture and have been planting it every year since.

  6. Love your kohlrabi! I think I am going to be doing more container gardening. Somehow seems easier to manage.
    Have a beautiful and happy week Norma.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mandy,
      Yes, container gardening is easier to manage the only problem is getting someone to water the containers when I am away. A beautiful and happy week to you too.

  7. dvelten says:

    You are doing well with heh containers, the kohlrabi in particular. I notice less bug damage to the leaves, probably another advantage to the containers. I may try some radishes in a container to avoid the flea beetles.

  8. cmferrero says:

    Your container harvest looks beautiful, as always, Norma! Question: Aren’t chipmunks ever a problem? This year they devastated my containers, the little vandals! Thanks – Chris

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Chris,
      Thanks, yes chipmunks are a problem and more so this year than previous years. They have done more damage to my garden than my containers, this could be due to the fact that some are elevated and others fenced in with small-holed plastic fence.

  9. That kohlrabi is picture perfect! I’ve never grown it before, but now that you’ve made it look so lovely I may have to add it to my grow list.

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    Kohlrabi was a vegetable my Mom often cooked but interestingly enough, I do not. Your harvest looks wonderful. Hope you had a lovely time off.

  11. Margaret says:

    Gorgeous kohlrabi – I’m also growing Kolibri but mine are taking their sweet time to size up. We haven’t had kohlrabi since last fall, so I’m understandably anxious for them to get a move on!

  12. Karen says:

    It seems that the kohlrabi got everyones attention…it is picture perfect.

  13. Susie says:

    I had read that you can take up to 1/3 of the leaves from a beet plant without affecting its development, but never tested the theory. My beets always come out tiny whether I take any leaves or not! Seems like a good test, and I’ll check back for the results. 🙂

  14. Balvinder says:

    I enjoy reading your posts about container gardening and learn something new almost every visit! Your harvest looks awesome.
    Have a wonderful day!

  15. Chhaya says:

    Ms.Norma, the kohlrabi look so perfect! How many did you grow in that one container? Your greens are doing really well. I have some beets in my bed that look similar and would love to harvest some greens as well!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Chhaya,
      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. I planted 4 plants in the container , 2 were eaten by critters so I was left with only 2.

  16. I love the sound of your bok choy soup. Everything in your garden looks so healthy! One more “picture perfect” compliment on the kohlrabi. Love the color.

  17. Bill says:

    It all looks great. Early Wonder Tall Top is my favorite beet variety. I’ve tried several of them but it’s done the best for us in the spring. It produces excellent greens as well as roots and, as you say, the greens are delicious. I’ve never tried harvesting the leaves first, so I don’t know if doing so would affect root growth, but I doubt it. I’ll be interested in your results. When I thin the beets I always save the thinnings to saute. So delicious.

    As for holes in the bok choy, we have that too. Flea beetles in our case. But as I tell people, if there are no holes in the leaves of spring Asian greens then you shouldn’t eat it!

  18. hotlyspiced says:

    I remember my grandmother telling me that during the Great Depression they couldn’t afford lettuce so they would eat beetroot leaves instead – it was considered a luxury to eat lettuce! The kohlrabi look really pretty xx

  19. Zambian Lady says:

    Those are healthy looking plants. Do you eat the kohlrabi and beet leaves? I cook the latter and they are delicious. I am thinking of growing veggies on my balcony this year. I should do so quickly before summer ends…

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Zambian Lady,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I eat the tender kohlrabi leaves and the beet leaves including the stems.

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  21. Sophie33 says:

    Your purple koolrabi’s are looking great & your beets too. Win win chou I never heard of but they look yummy, those special leaves & stalks! x MMMMM!
    I have sown 2 types of purple koolrabi’s but only 3 plants are growing right now due to the bad weather, too wet & too cold! 😦

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