Am planting 2 different varieties of ginger in containers for comparison. In the photo below:
The ginger plant on the left is from rhizome (root) I purchased from the local health food store, it was very skinny, about the size of my pinky. It took about 2 months to sprout.
The ginger plant on the right is from rhizome I got from Florida, it was quite chunky, click here for a photo (like the ones in the food markets). It took about 4 months to sprout but has grown a lot since since July 18 and is now 32 inches tall.
Not sure why there is such huge differences in sprouting between the 2 varieties. Planning to bring both indoor for the winter to grow as houseplant
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First container grown figs were picked on Monday 8/15. Ate them straight, super sweet.
Have been picking a few figs daily, but they disappeared fairly quickly. Did manage to save some to share with friends.
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Containers providing me with an abundant of good eats.
Above photo: Left – Red Amaranth. Middle – Forellenschluss & Midnight Ruffle Lettuces. Right – Tri-Colored Amaranth.
Photo below: Left – Win-Win Choy. Right – Golden Pascal Celery.
The celery has a nice celery flavor but the ribs are skinny, is this due to the extended heat wave and drought we are experiencing?
Am debating whether to plant celery again next year.
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Below photo: Blue container – Red Core Chantenay Carrots. Foam ice chest – Green Lance Gailan. Window box – Win-Win Choy.
In the window box above I planted 12 Win-Win Choy. The plants grew to resemble baby bok choy and I was harvesting outer leaves 30 days after sowing.
In the window box below (same size as the one above, 36″ x 8″) I planted only 5 Win-Win Choy. The plants were much, much larger (like the regular size bok choy we see in the supermarkets).
Experiment conclusion: If you want baby bok choy and earlier harvest, plant the seedlings closer together. If you want larger and fatter ribs bok choy, space the seedlings further apart.
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I am so excited, the daikon, China Express, I planted in container have formed nice looking long white roots. The seeds were direct sown in the container 7/12/16.
One of the daikon was flowering so pulled it. Worried that it would be woody but it was tender and crispy with just a little bite.
Daikon was small, only 5+ inches long. Peeled and thinly sliced, tossed with a bit of rice vinegar, salt and sugar to make a quick pickle. Very tasty.
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Was given some semi-heading mustard seeds which I planted in a foam ice chest. The plants are very pretty and I understand are heat and disease resistant.
I have 6 plants in the ice chest, too many, should remove at least 2 so the others can grow properly. Going to let one of the remaining plants go to seeds for next year’s planting.
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Came across these sprouting eddo (aka coco) in the grocery store. Had to buy them to see if I could get them to grow.
And grow they did.
I am aware that the growing season in the Hudson Valley is too short for them to produce edible size corms but I wanted to see how they grow. May be I can over winter the plants in my basement, will see. Any of my readers have experience?
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From the garden, harvesting more Red Noodles Beans and Chinese Long Beans.
All the above, and more, went home with friends.
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