Harvest Monday, April 3 2017 – Transplanting

Except for a few packed snow piles here and there all the snow have disappeared and hopefully the garden will dry out soon.

Seedlings I started in January and February have outgrown their pots and needed to be transplanted or bumped up to larger pots.

Transplanted most of the lettuce seedlings into window boxes.

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Decided to take a chance and placed the planted window boxes outdoor on the south side of the house. If no frost I should be harvesting my first salad in the not too distance future (salivating just thinking about it).

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Transplanted 5 of the Red Winter Kale into foam ice chest to see how they perform in container.

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Red Winter Kale

Oops, just noticed the kale in the center looks different.

Also placed the planted foam ice chest outdoor on the south side of the house.

Bumped the remainder up into 4″ pots.

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These will be moved outdoors during the day and into the garage during the night until the night time temperature stabilize. If the seedlings in the ice chest fail for whatever reason I will have these as replacements and the extra will go into the garden.

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Also transplanted 5 of the Peppermint Swiss Chard into foam ice chest.

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Peppermint Swiss Chard


Because Swiss Chard is more sensitive to cold night time temperature, to prevent bolting I will move the planted ice chest outdoors during the day and into the garage during the night until night time temperature stays above freezing.

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Bumped the extra lettuce and Swiss chard seedlings up into 4″ pots. These will go into the garden when the grounds dry out or replacement for window boxes or container if needed.

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Brought in, from the garage, the last of my overwintered celeriac and beets. Was going to roast the the celeriac and make soup with the beets, but got involved in projects so all are sitting in the fridge for the moment.

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Overwintered Celeriac

The largest of the celeriac, the one on the right, weighs 13 ounces. All are firm and, as you can see from the cress section, beautiful and solid inside.


Overwintered Beets

The largest of the beet, the one that is starting to sprout, weighs 9½ ounces.

Click here to learn how I overwinter my root crops.

Hoping to have a bit of spring harvest to share 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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16 Responses to Harvest Monday, April 3 2017 – Transplanting

  1. Peppermint Swiss chard ? – I have not heard of that one. Does it have a pepperminty taste? I must look it up. My little glasshouse is getting jam packed too – waiting for the weather to decide what it is doing – some are out during the day then back in at night – it is a lot of work this stage of the garden- I am interested in your celeriac – I should grow that. How do you eat yours?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Cecilia,
      No, the Peppermint Swiss Chard does not have a pepperminty taste, but it does have the peppermint candy stripes.
      Celeriac is very easy to grow. A well known recipe is remoulade. I add it to soup, use it as a turnip substitute in stew, oven roast with other root vegetables and recently started using it in stir-fry. It has a celery-like flavor.

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    What a big job Spring is at your place, Norma. I love seeing all the things you grow.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      Spring is a busy time for gardeners, so much to do and mother nature does not always cooperate, but we manage somehow and things get planted.

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I just transferred my tomato plants…hopefully the weather would cooperate. Those root veggies must be very sweet and delicious.

  4. The celeriac is beautiful Norma! I confess I haven’t developed a taste for it yet. Those window boxes are looking good too, much better than mine at the moment.

  5. Margaret says:

    All of your seedlings are looking wonderful and healthy. And that celeriac – wow! I’ve not grown it nor even eaten it before, but it’s on the list to try at some point.

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    Celeriac is truly one of my favourite veggies. I love to roast them and purée into soup, sometimes I don’t add much liquid and add cauliflower and use as a base of stews (like you would mashed potatoes).

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Thanks for the idea to roast and puree celeriac, I do add them to soups and stews but never thought of roasting them first and never thought of pureeing them.

  7. Karen says:

    I can see a large bowl of salad in your near future. 😀

  8. Phuong says:

    Your lettuce, kale and chard seedlings look amazing. And those overwintered vegetables look very handsome.

    All my lettuce and kale seedlings died, it’s probably too late to start again for our area.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Phuong,
      Have you tried planting lettuce and kale in partial shade or shade? Perhaps if you plant them in containers you could more easily move them to ideal location.

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