Happy Labor Day!!!!!
Hard to believe it is September. I must start paying closer attention to the nighttime temperature now as pretty soon frost will be in the forecast.
Where oh where did the year go?
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Containers’ crops continue to perform well, the only drawback is the watering. Due to the heat and drought, I must water twice a day.
A couple first harvests for the year from containers are: Semi-Heading Mustard and Green Lance Gailan.
The semi-heading mustard (below photo) formed a fist-size head in the center of the plant, and all the stems are thick and tender. Pretty impressive looking plant, it weighed in at just a shade under one pound.
I always enjoyed the simple stir-fried mustard greens served in restaurants and decided to duplicate it at home. This is what I did:
Stir-fried Mustard Greens
∞ After washing, cut mustard (leaves and stems) into bite-sized pieces.
∞ Add oil to preheated wok (or frying pan).
∞ Add a thumb-sized piece of smashed ginger and minced garlic to oil. Stir-fry until fragrant.
∞ Add salt and mustard to wok, stir-fry until mustard turns a bright green color. (I like it at this stage but you should taste and continue to stir-fry until reached desired doneness.) Serve as a side.
That’s it! Quick, simple and delicious.
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I tried growing Green Lance Gailan for a spring crop without any success so was pretty excited when I saw how well the fall crop is doing. In the future I will skip spring planting and focus on fall planting only.
The stems of the Green Lance are pretty fat, about 1-inch in diameter.
They are in the fridge for the moment.
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The China Express Daikon really took off. The potting mix in the 14-inches deep container is pretty loose yet, as you can see from the photo below, the root at the top in the photo is not straight, wonder why? Also about 1/3 of the root was above ground (same situation with all the other roots).
The above went home with friends.
I am also growing Tae Baek Daikon, a Korean variety, they are coming along nicely as well.
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Lettuces were showing sign of bolting due to the heat so cut the entire head (instead of outer leaves). Below is a portion of the total harvest.
After cleaning, all the lettuces were wrapped in clean paper towels then placed in a plastic bag, they should last a while in the fridge.
Had a few extra Forellenschluss Lettuce seedlings in cell pack that I hated to discard so transplanted them into 4-inch container to see how they would perform. And what happened? They grew into good size, good looking plants.
The down side was they needed to be watered more frequently so I moved them to a shadier area and they continued to do well while the ones in the sunny location showed signs of bolting.
Will harvest outer leaves as needed just to see how long I can keep them in those little containers. Most likely will need to fertilize more frequently.
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Both Eddo (aka coco) plants are growing by leaps and bounds.
Look closely at the container on the right, see the baby leaf at the base of the plant? I think, I hope, that means a baby eddo is forming. Am tempted to investigate but decided to exercise restraint. I would be so pleased if I could harvest just one eddo.
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Other harvests for the week were:
Figs, Long Beans (Red Noodles and Green), Tri-Colored Amaranth, Peppermint Swiss Chard and Sweet Potatoes Vines. Most were shared with friends and family some went into the freezer for future meals.
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