Decided to heed doctor’s advice: no digging in the garden, no heavy lifting and to avoid bending (this is easier said than done).
Except for harvesting the beans on the trellis and watering (those are stand up chores), for the past 2+ weeks I pretty much stayed out of the garden. My hip is feeling a whole lot better, not back to normal, but getting there.
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The green Chinese Long beans are not quite ready yet, but will be in a day or 2.
Look at all those beans hanging on the vine, going to be a great harvest.
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Did harvest Red Noodle Beans. Cut them into about 2-inch lengths, blanched, cooled, placed in freezer bag and froze for winter use.
The 2 beans in the middle of the photo have past their prime, I was going to leave them on the vine for seeds but decided to harvest them so you can see the differences.
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Fortunately I have my containers so was not suffering from gardening withdrawal. I elevate the containers so I can sit and tend to them.
The following Tri-Color Amaranth and Win-Win Choy are from seedlings started early-July.
The Win-Win Choy seedlings were transplanted into window box. I harvest just the outer leaves. The plant will continue to grow and in a few days I will be harvesting more outer leaves. Win-Win Choy is pretty hardy and with a bit of protection on frosty nights should be producing well into December, I hope.
I cut the Win-Win Choy into bite-sized lengths. Add choy and cubed tofu to boiling broth, cooked till reached desired doneness, flavored with sliced scallion, sesame oil and soy sauce. From garden, in this case window box, to wok as soon as harvested, cannot get any fresher.
The Tri-Colored Amaranth seedlings were transplanted into a foam ice chest. This is the first time I am growing amaranth in a container and am happy with the results. Definitely repeating.
I also transplanted a few seedlings into a window box for comparison and they too are growing well.
In the above photo you can see where I cut the main amaranth stem and the side shoots that are growing.
Tri-colored Amaranth is a vigorous grower, the side shoots will be ready for harvest in a few days. I am hoping to be harvesting side shoots until first frost.
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Homegrown lettuces are on the menu again. The following lettuce leaves are from seedlings started early-July.
The lettuces seedlings were transplanted into window boxes and like the Win-Win choy I harvest just the outer leaves. The leaves were so fresh and tender, a simple dressing was all that was needed for the salad.
I will continue to harvest just the outer leaves as needed and the plants will, hopefully, continue to grow until late fall early winter.
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