Harvest Monday, June 26, 2017 – Containers Update

Container Fig tree is loaded with figs. There is a fig at the base of just about every leaf.

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Container Fig Tree

This is going to be a great fig year! I am guessing there are hundreds figs on this one tree.

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Figs

Look at those beauties in the above photo!

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Vines of the container Little SnapPeas Crunch are loaded with pods.

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Little SnapPea Crunch

Harvested about 1 pound from the above container so far. Used some in a chicken stir-fry, the pods were sweet and crunchy.

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Little SnapPea Crunch

Little SnapPea Crunch is becoming my favorite snap peas, easy to grow and very container friendly. According to the seed package the vines are self-supporting but I find staking them makes it easier to harvest the pods.

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For fall planting, direct sowed Little SnapPea Crunch seeds in a foam ice chest. Also started some seeds in a container (strawberry containers are great for starting seeds) just in case some of the seeds in the ice chest fail to germinate.

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Harvested the garlic scape from the container garlic. Cut into about 1″ length and added to the chicken stir-fry with the SnapPea.

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Garlic Scape

Click here to learn more about garlic scape.

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Container beets are doing well also.

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Beets, Early Wonder

Should harvest some of the leaves. Stir-fry with some garlic scape for a delicious side .

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Container Swiss Chard, Red Winter Kale, Broccoli and Carrots are growing well.

Lettuces on the other hand are bolting, will pull all the plants today or tomorrow. May not be salad material but stir-fry briefly in garlic infused oil will mellow the slightly bitter taste resulting in a delicious side.

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Am starting my fall planting 2 weeks earlier this year.

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In the above container I have 4 varieties of Bok Choy, Minuet Chinese Cabbage, Kohlribi,  6 varieties of Lettuce, 2 varieties of Broccoli, Red Winter Kale and Radicchio.

Direct sowed Mokum Carrots and Winter Light Daikon.

Weeds are growing exceptionally well, will be spending lots of time and energy trying to get rid of them. Going to be a busy 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, June 26, 2017 – Containers Update

  1. Can’t wait to see those figs ripen! Wish I could have some of your beet greens :-))

  2. Your fig tree is amazing Norma! My lettuce is bolting too, I will have to try stir frying it, what a great idea! I am guessing it really doesn’t take long to wilt it down.

  3. maryhysong says:

    Love your container veggies! Nice to just stir fry up a hand full of this and that for dinner

  4. Phuong says:

    Your figs and peas are gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a fresh fig, but they are so adorable on your tree. I really need to start fall planting, time is just flying away from me.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Phuong,
      Once you have eaten a tree ripen fig you will have issues with store bought ones. Fig is easy to grow and may grow year round in your part of the country.

  5. Lisa says:

    Wow! Such bounty! And such organization.

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    Hi Norma, your fig tree looks awesome, Figgy is coming along, but I don’t see as much progress with the figs as your tree, although there are the tell-tale nodes so it looks like a stellar year for us too! Fingers crossed. Yes, those damn weeds are doing exceptionally well, cooler temperatures and rain almost every day, at least we won’t have to worry about watering if we go away! Hope you have a great week.

  7. Susie says:

    You clearly have an amazing knack (based on wisdom and effort, of course) for growing things in containers. That fig tree … wow!!

  8. You have been busy Norma, I wonder if I could grow beets in a foam container? What a great idea!Think it is too late ( hot) this year to try beats? My friend has three fig trees and all are full of fruit…..must be a good fig year :0). How are you Asian pears? Happy Gardening

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kim,
      I am trying to keep busy helps me to forget my aches and pains. Asian pears so far seems OK but I never got around to thinning the fruits so not sure what the harvest will be.
      I am not familiar with growing conditions in your part of the world, but I would give container beets a try now, or try for a fall crop.

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